It’s been obvious since the 2018/19 season came to a close that Crystal Palace are in need of a striker to fill the gap left in the squad by the return of Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea and whilst names have been thin on the ground to date, it now sounds as though a move for CSKA frontman Fyodor Chalov could be on the cards.
The 21-year-old pulled up trees for the Russian Premier League side last season, notching 17 goals and seven assists across 37 appearances and has hit the ground running this term too, grabbing one goal and one assist in his first three appearances of the season. He’s already been linked with numerous English clubs this summer but with time running short, I’m certainly happy to see his name being linked with a switch to Selhurst Park by those over in his native country.
The suggestion seems to be that Palace will make an official offer of something close to €15 million in the coming days which, with the best will in the world, seems on the cheap side to me. We’re talking about a very young, prolific striker with Champions League and International experience; whilst it would be fantastic to land him for a fee that small, it seems a little fanciful at first glance.
Admittedly, the report makes no indication over whether or not CSKA would give an offer of that size the time of day which is probably telling but if we are open to going higher in any follow up talks, we may just have an outside chance of pulling it off. All too often, the players we’re named alongside in the press are uninspiring, in relation to Chalov, the opposite is true.
It would feel like a gigantic coup if we can pull it off. Against my better judgement, I’m crossing my fingers and toes in hope rather than expectation.