The transfer window thus far has been a rather demoralising one for Palace fans. Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been sold to Manchester United, speculation continues to swirl over the future of Wilfried Zaha and the Eagles themselves haven’t really been solidly linked with any new recruits; thankfully that last point could be about to change.
Whilst we as supporters still haven’t been given any concrete news regarding specific names, Guardian journalist Ed Aarons tweeted yesterday to suggest that things may well begin to move behind the scenes in SE25 over the coming days, with, you’d assume, a right-back and a striker topping the list of priorities for Roy Hodgson, Dougie Freedman and Steve Parish.
There could even be some Palace transfer news in the next few days! Told the club is working on several potential deals at present. Right-back replacement and forward options are top of the list…
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) July 18, 2019
Links with Atalanta full-back Tim Castagne and Max Aarons have fallen by the wayside with both men penning new long-term contracts with their current employers but in truth, it’s difficult to know for sure whether or not Palace were actually “in” for either one or if it was a case of certain media outlets linking the players with us, given our recent high-profile loss of a once in a generation talent in Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Rumoured continuing interest in Michy Batshuayi no doubt still exists from Palace’s point of view but with the Belgian now doing his level best to impress new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, we will no doubt be forced to wait until hearing for sure whether or not the Blues will allow last season’s loanee to return to Selhurst Park on a temporary basis. The ideal scenario would involve a permanent move for the striker but given the fee and wages being discussed on that front, it’s difficult to see it working from our side of the negotiating table.
I have no doubt Palace will make additions to their squad and good ones at that but until now, we’ve been stuck in limbo with no real leads to go on. It’s not a cast-iron guarantee that things are about to get better but we’re at least now seeing “connected” journalists talking in positive terms about our imminent moves within the market.