Whilst many football fans have been distracted by Euro 2016 in recent days, the transfer rumour mill continues to whir on in the background, seeing Palace linked with Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic.
With the Potters believed to be keen on pursuing a move for the routinely unsettled West Brom striker Saido Berahino over the next few weeks, Palace are looking towards Austrian international Arnautovic as an increasingly realistic transfer target ahead of the new campaign.
At 27, the 6’3 forward would unquestionably be welcomed with open arms by the Palace faithful, who are understandably desperate to see Alan Pardew and his scouts add a far greater level of attacking threat to his squad ahead of the upcoming campaign. Proven in the Premier League, the steadily impressive Stoke man would certainly represent a step in the right direction.
Along with the sizeable buy-out clause that exists in Arnautovic’s current contract with the Potters, the above article also gives a concrete indication of his wage demands, should he be expected to entertain the idea of leaving his current employers for a stint in SE25. I won’t lie to you, it may make you squint on first reading, but with the astronomical sums floating around in the Premier League this summer as a consequence of the new TV deal, requests such as this are set to become par for the course.
So far we have seen the club linked to all manner of names without a shift to step up our interest level from casual to serious behind the scenes. Perhaps, if the numbers are deemed acceptable by Steve Parish and co. this could prove to be our first serious move of the summer to date.
Is Arnautovic worth that buy-out fee, or should we be looking elsewhere?