It’s a story which was doing the rounds long before the January transfer window opened for business but it seems as though Danny Welbeck is once again being linked with a move to Crystal Palace.
The former Manchester United man has now been on Arsenal’s books for four-and-a-half seasons but is expected to leave The Emirates when his current contract expires this summer, prompting Palace to throw their hat into the ring for his signature nice and early.
Known as an extremely hard grafter, Welbeck’s overall game is seemingly not good enough to have prompted Arsenal boss Unai Emery into offering him fresh terms, clearing the way for Roy Hodgson, who had a great relationship with the 28-year-old when the two worked together at England level to make his move.
Obviously, the ankle injury he sustained against Sporting back in November hasn’t helped him in the slightest with the surgery he needed putting an end to his season but in truth, Danny was unlikely to leave Arsenal with so little time left to run on his deal, given the size of the signing on bonus he’ll receive from a new club this summer when he arrives as a free agent.
You may ask why Palace would actively look to recruit a frontman like Welbeck when the current season ends but with Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham still far from firing on all cylinders and both Michy Batshuayi and Jordan Ayew only at the club on loan deals, significant efforts need to be made to ensure the side can score goals heading forward into the 2019/2020 campaign.
Despite the absence of a transfer fee, you can be sure that Danny’s wage packet and aforementioned signing on fee will create a sizeable dent in Palace’s summer budget should they actively pursue a deal but I for one have always had something of a soft spot for Welbeck.
Is it feasible? We’ll just have to sit tight and keep a close eye on things once the season reaches its climax.