Crystal Palace are being heavily linked with a £12 million move for Anderlecht defender Kara Mbodji ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
After having a bid for the Senegalese defender turned down in January, there is every chance that Big Sam and the Eagles board will look to rekindle their interest in him when the current campaign draws to a close. Still short of genuine strength in depth in the centre of defence, the 6″4 Mbodji is seemingly the perfect man to slot into Palace’s back four, whether it be alongside the much loved Mamadou Sakho or in place of him.
Still only 27, the towering defender who is affectionately referred to as “King Kara” by the Anderlecht faithful performed superbly in the team’s recent Europa League clash with Manchester United, showing all those who watched exactly why Palace were so keen to make a move for him at the turn of the year.
Having been openly criticised by his manager for the dip in form that occurred after our bid to sign him was rejected back in January, it almost felt as though he took his game up a notch intentionally against Jose Mourinho’s Reds; an assumption given further weight by the quotes he has given in the article attached at the top of the page.
Whilst it is sometimes difficult for Palace fans to fully grasp, our recent revival under Sam Allardyce, coupled with the fact that we are now looking likely to secure a fifth consecutive season in the top flight, makes us an extremely attractive prospect for the top players at clubs like Anderlecht. Regardless of their participation in the latter stages of European competitions, individual players see the Premier League as the pinnacle of a domestic career, with our club providing a welcoming environment for them to put down roots.
It may not have quite come off at the turn of the year but Mboji’s comments suggest it may just be a matter of time until he’s playing in SE25.