Both Crystal Palace and West Ham are known to be long-term admirers of Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker but if recent reports are to be believed, Spanish giants Valencia are also keen on ironing out a deal for the Belgian this summer.
Known to have been unhappy with his current employers for blocking a move to the Premier League back in January, it will come as no surprise to see him leaving Anderlecht this summer but at the time of writing, his eventual destination remains a total mystery. For months, it has looked to be a straight battle between Palace and the Hammers but with Valencia now making their presence felt, we could both be blown out of the water.
With Champions League football back on the agenda at the Mestalla next season following their fourth-placed finish in May, Dendoncker is highly likely to look upon the move as an attractive one, regardless of his long-term desire to make the switch the Premier League.
Having been named in Belgium’s preliminary 28-man squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup, it may be a tad difficult for any us to get a deal signed and sealed before the 14th of June, leaving us all at the mercy of fate in the intervening period. Should Leander impress out in Russia, we may fall even further back in the queue but until such a time, it’s a little pointless worrying unduly.
Thanks to Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s return to Chelsea and the continuing uncertainty surrounding Yohan Cabaye’s contract talks, Palace could feasibly offer Dendoncker first-team football as a guarantee ahead of the new campaign but with other offers on the table, it’s difficult to know where the midfielder intends to end up by the time the summer comes to a close.
Keep your fingers firmly crossed.