Is German World Cup Winner On His Way To Crystal Palace?

0 Posted by - July 22, 2018 - News

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.

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4 Comments

  • Spiceboy July 22, 2018 - 3:30 pm Reply

    Hoppo hope this helps we are not the club. We will only be loaning players or maybe sign a good freebie. At the time of writing this I can categorically confirm palace are not the club. All our eggs are in the Cheek loan basket.

  • Gordon July 22, 2018 - 3:55 pm Reply

    I agree with Spiceboy – Loftus-Cheek on loan must be our primary target. But all our eggs in one basket is unwise.
    Schurrle hasn’t had a great season by all accounts and may be available relatively cheap. He presumably costs his current club quite a packet for his salary. Having lost Cabaye’s salary, maybe we could afford Schurrle’s salary. He ticks a number of boxes I think. Often plays LW and comes inside to shoot with his right (complementing Townsend). Wilf could be freed to be more central as a supporting attacker. Equally Schurrle can play that role and so they can switch. I’m normally cautious, but I like this rumour. Pardew signed us Cabaye who was then a class player with a lot of experience but not all that many years to come you might have thought and we got excellent service out of him. Could Schurrle be a very similar signing. I certainly hope so.

  • Eric The Ninja July 22, 2018 - 4:06 pm Reply

    If only.

  • Gordon July 22, 2018 - 4:20 pm Reply

    And the perfect outcome would be Schurrle AND Loftus-Cheek. Dreams can come true!

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