Back in the midst of the summer transfer window, Crystal Palace were heavily linked with a move for young CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov and whilst a deal ultimately failed to materialise, the frontman’s agent has confirmed that the Eagles’ interest was concrete.
Seen as one of the leading lights in the Russian Premier League, Chalov is clearly of real importance to the long-term plan in Moscow but if his agent’s words are to be taken seriously, Palace weren’t too far away from forcing CSKA into a late summer sale.
Today’s report claims that Roy Hodgson and co. were ready and willing to stump up €25 million to bring the 21-year-old to England with CSKA determined to hold out for €30 million before giving us the green light.
Speaking to AS, Chalov’s representative Sandor Varga said:
“This shows that CSKA want to do something important, that they have a long-term project. Crystal Palace also came for Chalov and they rejected it.”
Clearly, despite the greater pedigree of the Moscow-based outfit, Chalov (or perhaps more accurately his agent) remains keen on a move to England, where weekly wages and signing on bonuses often dwarf those on offer in other European leagues. Does that mean we’ll be back in for the young hot-shot in the New Year? I definitely wouldn’t rule it out given the ongoing concerns we have in the final third.