REPORT: Dendoncker’s Agent “Currently Negotiating” With Palace

1 Posted by - August 8, 2018 - News

We only need to look back to the January transfer window to be reminded of stories tying Crystal Palace with a permanent move for Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker and now, with the transfer deadline looming once more, it seems his name has re-entered the frame.

For much of the previous transfer window, it was West Ham who were being heavily linked with the Belgian, only for Palace to crash the party at the last minute and nearly steal him from under the Hammers’ noses but as time ran short, the midfielder’s employers decided to pull the plug on negotiations and reassure him that the market would be reassessed in the summer.

Now in the midst of that transfer window, Belgian newspaper Het Belang van Limburg report that both Palace and Wolves hold an interest in Dendoncker, with the Eagles believed to be in contact with Leander’s representatives. Quite how that works when no official offer has been accepted is up for debate but the same article states that a bid of €15m would almost certainly be enough to force Anderlecht into sanctioning a sale.

You could ask why we would be in for another central midfielder following on from the deals for Max Meyer and Cheikhou Kouyaté but with Dendoncker also known to be capable of filling in at centre-back when called upon, it’s a deal that could end up killing two birds with one stone in the long-term.

Still just 23, Leander was part of the Belgium squad that made it all the way to the World Cup semi-final over the summer, starting and playing the full 90 minutes of their 1-0 victory over England in the group stages and now, four years after turning professional, he may well be ready to make the step up in class on a domestic level.

If nothing happens between now and Thursday’s deadline, you can be relatively sure that his name will crop up again in January; stories linking him with a move to the Premier League are becoming as frequent as those suggesting Wilfried Zaha is on the verge of a move away from SE25.

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  • Sharpy August 8, 2018 - 7:54 am Reply

    I would think this is a back up if Loftus doesn’t happen

  • Barry broughton August 8, 2018 - 8:08 am Reply

    Credit to Wilfred zaha & palace who in a way would never be where they they without each other for keeping a low profile with all this media talk. Palace looks a happy camp why move and possible be a part player , money talks but it’s not everything .
    Unless it’s real Madrid who comes calling surely palace is the place to be .

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh August 8, 2018 - 8:36 am Reply

    Would love this deal to happen. Dendoncker played CB most of last season and is better player than Kouyate. Then we have Kouyate is back up if Dendoncker gets injured or moves to CB to cover Tomkins/Sakho injury.

    • Gordon August 8, 2018 - 2:10 pm Reply

      Agree. This guy is not only a great talent but he’s remarkably versatile. He’s also got many seasons ahead of him. €15m seems a snip in the current market. BUT how could we afford it within FFP rules? Wouldn’t want to lose Wilf in order for it to happen.

    • Gordon August 8, 2018 - 3:59 pm Reply

      Although I don’t know how we could have afforded it, I’m disappointed to hear on SSN that he’s on his way to England for a medical … at Wolves. (Jeez – I hope Wolves aren’t relegated. The amount they’ve spent this summer is one hell of a gamble that would break many clubs if it all went pear-shaped for them.)

    • Gordon August 8, 2018 - 4:21 pm Reply

      Just wondering what his travel plans are. If via Heathrow, our expensive Soho office is close enough for a quick detour!

  • D Paul August 8, 2018 - 8:51 am Reply

    It is my understanding that the transfer window for “players on loan” is August 31. That would mean that the decision on Ruben will stretch on for three more weeks.

    • Gordon August 8, 2018 - 2:00 pm Reply

      I’m not sure about this. My reading is that EFL clubs can still sign free agents and players on loan up to 31 Aug, but not PL clubs. If so we won’t have any incomers after 5pm tomorrow. I wish it was otherwise because I don’t see L-C or Abraham getting much playing time at Chelsea and they’ll be kicking their heels until the Jan window.

    • Gordon August 9, 2018 - 4:12 am Reply

      Sounds strange but yesterday’s Courtois deal might have improved our chances of signing L-C on loan. Chelsea have lost their stellar GK but signed a young replacement who may in time turn out to be as good if not better. But part of the deal sees Kovacic (CMF) move to Stamford Bridge on a 1 year loan deal. In the light of this, I just can’t see how L-C is going to get any significant game time at Chelsea this season, and so I’m really hopeful that the final day could elevate our transfer window from A to A++.

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