This summer has seen very few players linked with moves to Selhurst Park but as the transfer window enters its final seven days, it seems as though things are heating up, with two new faces supposedly being lined up for a switch to SE25.
The first is Olympiacos right-back Omar Elabdellaoui, who at 27, would seemingly be Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s direct replacement following his departure to Manchester United. Whilst specific game-by-game statistics are hard to come by in the Greek League, Omar’s presence in the Norwegian national side, not to mention his regular appearances at club level both domestically and on the European front bode well for what he could bring to Palace, were a deal to be agreed. Last term he managed to grab five goals and seven assists across 31 appearances for Olympiacos from defence, showing that he’s far more than a competent defender when afforded the opportunity to stretch his legs in the final third.
A former member of Manchester City’s academy, Elabdellaoui bounced around a little (including a six month loan spell at Hull in 2017) before establishing himself in Greece but with a transfer fee that’s unlikely to break the bank, you can see why Palace would be interested in exploring what the Norwegian has to offer the Premier League.
Fresh from spending a season on loan at Cardiff City, Victor Camarasa could be something of a solid pick up for Palace, if Real Betis are open to agreeing a sale. Still only 25, the Spaniard showed himself to be a relatively competent operator in an ultimately doomed Bluebirds side last term and could well slot in perfectly to Roy Hodgson’s core group if given the chance. Whilst the Eagles are relatively well stocked when it comes to deeper lying midfielders (only Max Meyer could be looked upon as a number 10 and he was played further back last season), Camarasa’s five goals and four assists in 32 Premier League appearances for the Welsh outfit hints at further improvement in a more potent side.
These aren’t necessarily blockbuster deals but both would, in theory at least, make sense given what we need to add before the new campaign gets underway. Keep an eye out for more news.