A week or so ago, Crystal Palace were reported to be interested in landing CSKA Moscow’s 21-year-old striker Fedor Chalov but amidst all the excitement, there were a fair few people questioning the feasibility of such an ambitious play.
Now, Fedor’s agent has spoken directly about the bid from SE25 and whilst he admitted that Roy Hodgson had contacted him about the prolific young Russia international, his general tone was not one which led to much hope of the Eagles successfully ironing out an agreement ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.
"It's probably too early for Fedor to join the English club. He is still young.”
— CPFC NEWS HQ 📰🦅 (@CPFC_NEWS_HQ) August 6, 2019
The bid we placed, which was clearly, as reported, somewhere in the region of £15 million was flatly rejected by CSKA. The Russian Premier League outfit are under no pressure to sell and view Chalov (one of their biggest assets) far higher than the sum that landed on their desk from Palace’s Soho offices.
You’d be well within your rights to argue that it’s cheeky of us to put such a low offer in this late in the window knowing full well that there was a 99% chance of it being laughed off; quite what our thinking was I’m not sure but upon first reading, I felt we’d get nowhere positive in talks without bidding at least £30 million to take him off their hands.
Predictably, soon after the talk of the youngster making a switch to south London he scored the only goal of the game in CSKA’s victory away at Rubin Kazan, no doubt strengthening the resolve of his current employers to shun any returning interest from Palace. He’d been linked with both West Ham and Arsenal earlier this summer and will almost certainly attract admiring glances in windows to come.
The idea of him swapping one red and blue shirt for another is lovely but as always has been the case from the start of this saga, it looks highly unlikely to become a reality.