Reports in Belgium suggest that Crystal Palace will look to redesign their forward line over the summer, with Christian Benteke and Michy Batshuayi expected to head towards the exit door.
With the Eagles known to be spending a huge amount of their turnover on the weekly wages of their first-team stars, the combined figure of £235,000 a week for Benteke and Batshuayi could go a hell of a long way if invested sensibly over the summer. Whilst you can never be sure of the club uncovering hidden gems, it would at least give us some significant wriggle room and with just two league goals between them in 22 league appearances, it wouldn’t take a lot to replace their tangible impact on Roy Hodgson’s sure.
There are some suggestions that Benteke will look to run down his lucrative contract in SE25 rather than seeking a fresh challenge elsewhere but in Batshuayi’s case, with his loan from Chelsea set to come to an end in a matter of weeks, he’s being met with the realisation that Steve Parish isn’t currently willing to stump up the high fee Sarri and co. are demanding to take him off their hands permanently, leaving his career in a familiar state of limbo.
Whilst I can certainly see the upside of losing such a large amount of money from the wage bill, it would leave us with just Connor Wickham and Alexander Sørloth on our books as out-and-our strikers, meaning a busy summer in the market for Dougie Freedman and the scouting network.
Would you prefer us to stick or twist with Benteke? Does anyone see logic in splashing the extortionate asking price on Batshuayi? Who would you prioritise as a new arrival in neither man stay put? There are plenty of questions and for now, very few answers.