It seldom takes long after the end of the football season for the transfer rumour mill to pick up pace and according to this report in the Sutton Guardian, Palace are readying themselves for what would be a truly impressive £30 million double purchase.
Brentford pair Ollie Watkins and Neal Maupay are said to be in the Eagles’ sights having both impressed for the Bees across the 2018/19 campaign but with their stocks higher than ever, it will take a fair chunk of cash to tempt owner Matthew Benham into sanctioning a sale.
Given the business model adopted in west London (Benham made his fortune in analytics) every player has a price for which they’ll readily be sold; whether or not £30 million for both Maupay and Watkins is a question that is still to be answered. Indeed, Watkins has been the subject of interest from Palace before but this is the first time (in my memory at least) when we’ve been seriously linked with a swoop for Maupay.
The Frenchman, who is still just 22, bagged a mightily impressive 28 goals across 49 appearances in red and white last term, drawing admiring glances from the Premier League in the process. Aston Villa are thought to be an active player in the race for his signature following their Play-Off Final victory but if Palace work quickly, they may well be able to steal a march on the Midlanders.
Both men remain under contract at Griffin Park until 2021, putting Brentford under no immediate pressure to sell but given the profit a £30 million sale would generate on their initial cost, (€2 million each if you’re wondering) we may find that Benham and his associates are willing to play ball sooner rather than later.
Would you be happy to see us splash the cash on the duo this summer? I could think of worse ways to spend a sum that large.