Earlier this morning, we covered reports suggesting that Palace were making headway over a potential deal for Roma defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons and now, the Eagles have been given even greater hopes of a move being finalised following the news that Roma are already lining up his replacement.
Despite having only had Gonalons on their books for one season, it seems as though the Serie A outfit are ready and willing to cut their losses on the former Lyon man but not before once again looking to raid his former employers for Tanguy Ndombele, a 21-year-old central midfielder who is making quite a name for himself in Ligue 1.
Ndombele has been the subject of persistent interest from the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool over the last month or so but as of yet, there are no reports of any English club making a concrete bid for his services, leaving Roma with a clear path to him, if they are indeed ready to lodge an offer with Lyon.
Having taken Gonalons with them on their pre-season tour of the USA, (he started in their 4-1 defeat to Tottenham on Wednesday) it stands to reason that Roma wouldn’t want to let him go without an able replacement having already been lined up, making the Ndombele links music to Palace fans’ ears.
Whilst Everton are also being credited with an interest in Gonalons alongside ourselves, the reaction of their fan-base has been lukewarm in comparison, leading me to hope that the Toffees hierarchy adjust their sights elsewhere rather than ramping up their efforts to land the Frenchman.
There are now suggestions in Italy that Roma have accepted Palace’s offer, leaving the decision up to Gonalons himself. You do wonder whether or not he’ll confer with the likes of Cabaye and Mamadou Sakho before making his mind up, leaving me hopeful of both men bigging up the pace of life in SE25. Yohan may have waved goodbye to Palace in favour of a new adventure in the desert but you’d expect that he’d be quick to sing our praises to any new recruits if he was asked.
I’m keeping my fingers firmly crossed.