Crystal Palace have been scouring the market for a suitable Aaron Wan-Bissaka replacement ever since the academy graduate flew the nest for Manchester United and according to French outlet L’Équipe, they are now leading the race for Monaco man Djibril Sidibé.
The 27-year-old won the World Cup with France last summer, so comes with genuine pedigree but doubts apparently remain over the stability of his knee; prompting Palace to bide their time before lodging a concrete offer to the Ligue 1 side.
West Ham are also thought to be intrigued by the prospect of signing Sidibé but with Monaco supposedly asking for €15 million to let Djibril leave, it’s no surprise to see both London clubs taking their time. For Palace, the search for a new right-back has been a long and frustrating one, with one time target Max Aarons signing a new contract at Norwich, former academy star Nathaniel Clyne picking up a serious injury in Liverpool’s pre-season and Atalanta’s Tim Castagne still stalling over whether or not to pen fresh terms with the Champions League new-boys.
We’re now fewer than 10 days away from the summer window coming to a close meaning Dougie Freedman’s recruitment process will need to to be stepped up significantly. Whilst plenty are panicking (quite understandably) I have faith that the club do have plenty of specific targets in mind, the tricky part will come when we’re forced to pick and choose between them with the clock ticking down.
In truth, Sidibé’s performances for Monaco last term were nowhere close to the peaks he hit in the 2017/18 campaign. There’s every chance that the drop was down to persistent injury niggles but even so, will Palace want to risk the same problems reappearing early on in the new Premier League season?