Borussia Dortmund midfielder Andre Schurrle was left out of their squad for Saturday’s victory over Manchester City after it was revealed that the German was in talks with another club, prompting many to believe that Palace were the ones making a move for him.
The Eagles have been heavily linked with a move for the former Chelsea man previously and were said to be close to completing a deal for him towards the end of the most recent January window, only for the trail to go cold with a few hours left to go before the deadline. Now, with football open for business once again the rumour mill is churning, prompting many to claim that Roy Hodgson and co. are looking to lure the World Cup winner to SE25.
There has been some talk of a possible move for Wilfried Zaha from Dortmund but for now, it sounds as though the academy graduate is staying put, leading me to believe that our interest in Schurrle is simply an attempt to fill the hole left by Bakary Sako after the Mali international decided against renewing his contract at Selhurst Park.
Whilst we are undoubtedly in need of greater strength in depth between now and the closure of the transfer window, we do have the foundations of a relatively solid squad already. Admittedly, plenty have been fretting over the lack of incoming players but following on from the overwhelming speculation as to Zaha’s immediate future, most Palace fans would likely settle for keeping hold of our star man and bringing in one or two low-key additions, either on loan or for small transfer fees.
With that in mind, a move for Schurrle makes rather a lot of sense. A fair few causal observers may assume he would cost us a pretty penny but in truth, his form over the last couple of years hasn’t come close to his best spells as a pro. Keeping that in mind, the German outfit are likely to be open to a sale, with Palace ready to plug the aforementioned gap created by Sako’s departure.
At the time of writing there has been no official confirmation that we are the club in question but it certainly makes sense on the face of things.