Despite the first few days of the summer transfer window passing without incident for Palace fans, The Guardian’s Dominic Fifield has given an update below which suggests that our first signing isn’t too far away.
With Everton spending money like water and plenty of Palace’s other Premier League rivals being linked to a vast array of exotic names from across the globe, it’s only natural for those of a red and blue persuasion to get a tad desperate for some concrete news of transfer movement in the opening week or so of de Boer’s tenure in SE25.
Having been forced to accept defeat in the pursuit of Mamadou Sakho after Steve Parish admitted that the fee being demanded for the Frenchman was unmanageable given our spending in January, it looks as though we will spread our gaze far and wide in the coming days and weeks in a bid to build a side capable of comfortably eclipsing the 14th placed finish we managed under Sam Allardyce back in May.
Given the vast sums of cash sloshing around the top flight these days, a few supporters have criticised members of the Palace hierarchy for speaking about a need to keep an eye on spending but they are comments that have been dictated by the Sakho situation specifically, rather than the bigger picture.
We could of course afford to pay the £30 million fee being requested by Jurgen Klopp’s Reds for Mamadou in isolation but with plenty of other positions also in need of strengthening before the window closes, we face a choice between putting all of our eggs in one centre-back shaped basket and building a squad that has both quality and depth for the same sort of outlay. Given Frank de Boer’s history at Ajax, it should hardly come as a surprise to discover that we’re plumping for the latter option.
The article featured at the top of the page seems to offer an overwhelmingly positive outlook for our summer transfer dealings; let’s just hope it comes to fruition sooner rather than later.