After being linked with a move for Nice wide-man Allan Saint-Maximin over the last few days, Crystal Palace have been handed a boost in their pursuit, with club President Gauthier Ganaye publicly admitting that the Ligue 1 outfit would actively look to sell in the summer transfer window.
Despite being one of the most high-profile members of the Nice squad, Saint-Maximin only has one year left on his current contract and has plenty of interest from further afield, leaving his current employers with little option but to accept that they’ve been backed into a contractual corner.
Nice President Ganaye on Allan Saint-Maximin: "I think we will sell him well." (N-M)
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) May 28, 2019
Whilst Palace are just one of many teams with a horse in the race, it’s clear when watching the youngster play that his game is one which would be perfectly suited to life at Selhurst Park. Desperate to please fans by beating a man in all manner of imaginative ways, the thought of him occupying one flank with Wilfried Zaha tormenting full-backs on the other is a genuinely mouthwatering prospect but without sales, is it anything more than pie in the sky?
Given his contractual situation, there’s every chance that Nice will let Saint-Maximin go for anything north of £20 million. Whether Palace will have that to spend is up for debate; obviously should Zaha leave for pastures new, we could easily afford to bring him in but having one without the other would feel like a missed opportunity to me.
There’s now an element of willingness from those behind the scenes at Nice, now it’s just a case of the money-men in SE25 coming up with a feasible way of bringing Allan in and keeping the books balanced. It’s easier said than done.