A few days ago, Crystal Palace were linked with a move for Lille central defender Adama Soumaoro, only for our interest to be seemingly blown out of the water by Ligue 1 side Monaco. Now though, it seems as though the Eagles may be back in with a fighting chance of securing his signature.
Despite apparent interest in the 27-year-old from both Palace and Everton, Monaco looked to have leapt ahead of the pair, with a medical taking place ahead of a proposed switch but thanks to what is being called a “financial disagreement at the last moment” Soumaoro has been left in limbo, potentially bringing us back into the race.
The Frenchman made 20 appearances for Lille in the league last term and whilst his numbers weren’t exactly eye-catching, it’s clear that he’s a talented and dependable defender. Known to be a relatively controlled sort, he won’t dive into tackles and prefers to let his reading of the game inform his play. Comfortable in possession and happy to help build attacks from the back, he could be an ideal option as competition for Sakho and Tomkins, should we make a serious play for him in light of the latest developments involving Monaco.
With a fee of €15 million having been mentioned, you’d assume we’d be able to afford it, particularly after the sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United but as has been the case all summer, supporters can’t be sure of where our biggest priorities sit. We’ll obviously need to source a direct replacement for AWB and you’d think a new striker will be high on the list of targets. Does that leave room in the budget for Soumaoro? I only wish I had a concrete answer to put forward to you.
Given the breakdown of talks between Lille and Monaco, you’d think that things will move pretty quickly if there is actual interest from our end. Keep your eyes peeled.