Crystal Palace have been heavily linked with a move for Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons over the last few days, with reports in Italy now suggesting we have made “the most concrete offer” of any club for the Frenchman.
Having lost Yohan Cabaye after his contract expired in June, Roy Hodgson has been scouring the market for a suitable replacement and appears to have settled on the 29-year-old Gonalons who, despite a somewhat underwhelming first season in Rome, remains the sort of presence that Palace will need if they are to survive another campaign in the Premier League.
Whilst reports have suggested that the Eagles have no money to spend this summer, it seems as though the gaffer’s initial comments were taken slightly out of context. Although we clearly don’t have the sort of spending power that has seen us splash out lavishly in previous windows, there are still some funds available for incoming players, meaning the club simply need to be certain of their quality before taking the plunge.
In Gonalons, Palace would be getting a midfielder who has proven pedigree with Lyon, sitting at eighth in the club’s list of all-time appearance makers. A natural leader and a willing worker, his arrival would give us the sort of depth necessary to take teams on man for man in the middle of the park, with the likes of Milivojevic and McArthur still on the books.
Of course, there’s always the potential for another more attractive offer to appear at the 11th hour but for now, it seems as though we’re clearly in the lead over any other potential suitors. Let’s just hope the man himself is happy at the prospect of a new chapter being written in SE25.