Prepare yourself for news that you probably never thought you’d hear. Crystal Palace have made a £32 million bid for an international striker.
Whilst most of the country were transfixed on the omnishambles that was England’s defeat against Iceland on Monday night, reports in the French press suggested that Marseille had agreed a fee with Crystal Palace for the transfer of striker Michy Batshuayi.
In news that was later confirmed by his agent, it now appears as though Steve Parish and Alan Pardew have been granted permission to discuss official terms with the Belgian international, ahead of a potential summer move to Selhurst Park. As you would expect, it has got everyone of a red and blue persuasion jumping for joy.
Whilst a deal is a long way from being finalised, it looks as though Steve Parish has stolen a march on his Premier League competitors by stumping up the required fee without a hint of haggling, forcing Marseille’s hand over a switch for the highly rated frontman.
We will of course be likely to face serious competition for Batshuayi’s signature in the coming days, having already heard of interest from the likes of West Ham, Tottenhham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid, but for now, there is no way to deny that the Eagles are sitting in the driving seat as the only club to have had a formal bid accepted by the striker’s current employers.
As you can see from the article above, this news does not fall into the category of idle transfer speculation used to fill column inches; it is a story with real substance coming about as a consequence of Crystal Palace’s desire to make a real statement in the summer transfer market.
We may end up losing out on Batshuayi in the coming days, but in placing an offer of that size, Steve Parish and his fellow directors are drawing a line in the sand over their intentions between now and the start of the 2016/17 Premier League season. We aren’t here to make up the numbers and get by on a shoestring budget anymore, it’s a surreal but genuinely exciting feeling.
We’ll obviously cover any developments regarding the move here in the coming days, but until then, have a read of the article attached above and pinch yourself.
This is Crystal Palace FC, but not as we know it…