According to reports in French newspaper L’Equipe, Crystal Palace have joined German side Werder Bremen in expressing an interest in Monaco’s defensive midfielder Soualiho Meïté.
The 24-year-old defensive midfielder has spent the last 6 months on loan with Bordeaux and whilst they are also keen to make his stay with them a permanent one, L’Equipe’s take on the situation supposes that Monaco will actually look to hang onto the Paris-born powerhouse, as they come to terms with the fact that Fabinho is almost certain to leave this summer.
Whilst Palace have the likes of James McArthur and Luka Milivojevic happily occupying two places in the centre of their midfield, Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s return to Chelsea, coupled with a sense of uncertainty over Yohan Cabaye’s willingness to sign a new deal has obviously led those behind the scenes to plan for a potential signing or two in that department.
Having been typecast as a selling club in recent seasons, I get the impression Monaco may look to ignore the current level of interest in Meïté, purely because the offers being made for him aren’t big enough to tempt them into a sale. Still contracted to the Ligue Un runners up until 2022, there’s every chance they’ll look to use him regularly in the first-team next term, provoking a potential bidding war from far bigger clubs next summer at a far higher entry point.
For all the success Hodgson has had with the players he inherited back in September, this summer will see a fair few changes to the playing personnel at Selhurst, leaving it up to him and his fellow coaches to ensure that the fresh faces we bring in mesh well with their new teammates from the very start. For all of his obvious talent, Meïté has never played outside of France, a fact that may impact his willingness to up sticks and open a new chapter of his career in the Premier League.
We’ll keep an eye on it.