Crystal Palace Begin “Formal Negotiations” To Sign La Liga Centre-Back

0 Posted by - July 2, 2017 - News

Having given up hope of signing Mamadou Sakho’s on a permanent basis last week, Crystal Palace are now believed to be in for Sevilla defender Adil Rami. 

This report gives all the details of Palace’s interest in Rami, as Frank de Boer looks to kickstart a revolution in SE25. 

Although thousands of Eagles fans were desperate to see the aforementioned Sakho turning out in red and blue next season, Steve Parish admitted that the deal was a tad too expensive for us, putting to bed any outlandish hopes and allowing our fan-base to mentally prepare for a different arrival, with Rami now looking to be at the head of the queue. 

Although de Boer has Dann, Tomkins, Delaney and to some extent Martin Kelly available in the centre of defence, few if any would suggest that we’re set fair for the 2017/18 season from a defensive perspective. Sakho’a performances towards the back end of last term, most memorably against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, were a huge reason for our dramatic upturn in form and the backroom staff in south London will be well aware of the need to find someone who can fill his sizeable boots. 

At 31, Rami has the likes of Lille, Valencia, AC Milan and Sevilla on his CV, as well as an enviable 33 caps for the French national team, suggesting he’s more than good enough to perform well in the Premier League if brought in by de Boer. Quite how Scott Dann, who is still the club captain, would feel about potentially sitting on the bench to accommodate Rami is anyone’s guess but those are the sort of hurdles you attempt to overcome once a new signing has been signed and sealed. 

Having also been linked with 25-year-old Ajax man Joel Veltman last week it’s obvious that we’re actively searching for Sakho’s replacement. Luckily, in both he and Adil Rami’s case, the overall cost appears to be far lower than a move for the Mamadou, allowing us to look elsewhere for further reinforcements as the summer continues. 

What are your thoughts on Rami based on the article at the top of the page? Worth a punt?

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  • Spiceboy July 2, 2017 - 3:37 pm Reply

    Don’t want rami at 31 what the hell is the point he is supposed to be moulding a team for the future this guy has 1 maybe 2 seasons at a push in him. Rather have dann & Tomkins at the back. At least our manager knows veltman he would be my choice out the two and I would also love the Ajax right back he is the last year of contract and international must be better than ward surely?

    • admin July 2, 2017 - 4:48 pm Reply

      Tete and Veltman would both be great in my opinion, Spiceboy.

  • Marty July 3, 2017 - 7:32 am Reply

    Centre halves usually last longer. They hold onto their prime for longer so don’t think 31 is too old. Dann is not far off 30 and doesn’t have 33 international caps.

    • admin July 3, 2017 - 7:33 am Reply

      Agreed there, Marty. I think there is probably an urge amongst many to write Rami off too quickly but the clubs on his CV suggest he’s a pretty solid option.

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