By News Team
Last Updated: 22nd July 2019
Crystal Palace are being strongly linked with England right-back Nathaniel Clyne, to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who joined Manchester United for £45 million plus add-ons.
The former Palace and Southampton player, 28, made 15 appearances on loan for Bournemouth last season, after losing his place at Liverpool to Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Valued at around £11 million, Clyne is 5/6 to sign for Crystal Palace, with Aston Villa next in the betting at 12/1. That seems good value for a reliable, athletic defender, on the fringes of the England squad.
But he has big shoes to fill. Wan-Bissaka was a revelation in his first Premier League season and racked up the third-most tackles in the league (129).
Will Zaha stay?
Palace’s summer will be shaped by whether star-player Wilfried Zaha opts to leave the club for a second time. The player is locked into a contract until 2023, but seems determined to play on a bigger stage next season.
With 10 goals and 10 assists in 2018/19, he will be difficult to replace.
Arsenal are in hot pursuit, reportedly lodging an offer of £40 million for a player Palace value at almost double that amount.
To sweeten the deal, Arsenal could throw in Calum Chambers, Mohamed Elneny and Carl Jenkinson. But there’s also talk that they will switch their attention to Barcelona’s Malcom.
Zaha is 8/13 to sign for Arsenal with Tottenham and Dortmund next in the betting at 6/1.
Morelos the man to replace Wilf?
After a season when he scored 18 in 30 games for Rangers, Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos is on Palace’s radar, should Zaha leave.
The 23-year-old (who also picked up four red cards for the Gers) is valued at just £3 million.
He has also attracted interest from Real Betis (5/1) and Lille (11/2), but Palace are favourites at 3/1.
Jonjo Shelvey is another player who could chip in with goals and assists. Shelvey is 5/1 to sign for Palace with West Ham favourites to snap him up at 2/1.
Also key for Palace is to tie captain Luka Milivojević to a new contract as he enters the final year of his current deal.
The 28-year-old Serbian was a statistical marvel for the South-London club in the Premier League last season. He ranked joint-ninth for tackles (89), 10th for crosses (185), and played every minute of every game.