Yesterday saw the reemergence of rumours linking Crystal Palace with a move for Senegalese-born Serie A striker Khouma Babacar and now, according to reports from Sassulolo’s local paper, the frontman is “one step away” from making the switch to Selhurst Park.
The Eagles have been linked with moves for Babacar in all of the last four transfer window, leaving supporters feeling sceptical about the feasibility of the latest round of speculation. Clearly, we have held an interest in the past but with the striker having only left Fiorentina for Sassuolo last week, the timing of this all feels rather random.
The rationale behind his new club’s willingness to entertain talk of a deal stems from the potential for a quick and sizeable profit on the sum they’ve just shelled out to Fiorentina. Obviously, they were happy with their purchase but the possibility of making £4-5 million on him in just three weeks is said to be far too enticing to dismiss from their end.
Whilst Palace did undoubtedly struggle for goals last season, there are no real guarantees that Babacar will be the man to get them for us next season, if he is indeed set to make a move to SE25. His loan spell at Sassuolo last term saw him net twice in 13 appearances, which in itself probably serves as another reason for their willingness to play ball over a transfer.
Benteke, Sørloth and Wickham all offer broadly the same thing from a tactical perspective and in Babacar, it’s difficult to imagine we’ll be getting anything that different. Standing at 6’3, he’s been known to drift into the channels and pose a physical problem for defences but question marks remain over his chances of bagging 15 or more goals when playing in a division as competitive as the Premier League.
It’s a deal that few were expecting but after a summer of little to no news, this story does at least appear to have legs.