He may have just been named as the club’s new captain, but Palace central defender Scott Dann is now being tentatively linked with a move to Arsenal in the press.
The Eagles’ hierarchy are no strangers to fending off interest from our Premier League competitors when it comes to Dann, having seen Everton try and fail in their attempts to lure the native Scouser closer to home last summer, but this latest suggestion of an admiring glance or two from The Emirates comes as a previously unseen development in relation to Scott.
It goes without saying that both Alan Pardew and the board of directors view the 29-year-old as a key component in our long-term plans as a football club; no doubt passing the armband to him from Mile Jedinak earlier this week as a symbolic gesture of their faith in him and his game as we edge towards the start of a new campaign Premier League season in just 10 days time.
Undoubtedly the first name on any team sheet Alan Pardew will submit over the course of the next nine months, Dann has already made his loyalty to the club clear by putting pen to paper on a five-year contract as recently as last summer, ensuring that Steve Parish and co. are under no financial pressure to part with one of their prized assets, regardless of the stature of the clubs that may be pursuing him.
As the Eagles search frantically for a new striker or two to fill the holes left by Dwight Gayle and Emmanuel Adebayor this summer, it appears highly unlikely that any deal which sees Dann leaving Selhurst Park would come close to being sanctioned, but as supporters, it’s always best to be kept abrest of any possible developments regarding the playing staff rather than being left in the dark.