Crystal Palace have had a relatively quiet summer transfer window. The Eagles brought in young talent Matheus France from Flamengo and also landed Jefferson Lerma on a free deal. In terms of departure, veterans James McArthur, Jack Butland and Luka Milivojevic said their goodbyes, but the truly hurtful exit was that of Wilfried Zaha who joined Galatasaray on contract expiry.
Nevertheless, the Crystal Palace transfer news has been picking up in the final days of the transfer market as reinforcements will be needed if the club wants to end the season in the upper half of the table.
List of Possible Crystal Palace Arrivals
It’s been claimed that Palace boss Roy Hodgson currently prioritises the arrival of a goalscoring striker, while the club has also been linked with various players in the full-back position.
Dean Henderson’s move to Crystal Palace is all but confirmed. The goalkeeper is expected to arrive at Selhurst Park from Manchester United in a deal worth £20 million including add-ons. Henderson played some good football during his Premier League loans at Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest but never managed to break into Man United's squad, facing competition from David De Gea and now Andre Onana.
At Palace, the 26-year-old is meant to replace wantaway Vicente Guaita between the sticks.
Kelechi Iheanacho is the goalscoring striker that Roy Hodgson insists on. After suffering relegation with Leicester City last season, the Nigeria international is pushing for a premature return to the Premier League. In his best year, Iheanacho scored 19 goals for Leicester in 39 appearances, although he's struggled with inconsistency in recent seasons.
The Foxes want £18 million for their striker but Crystal Palace have so far looked to close the deal for around £10-15 million. Perhaps the clubs will reach an agreement in the end.
Ever since his move to the Emirates in 2016, Rob Holding has mostly been a rotational player able to play either at centre-back or right-back. The 27-year-old’s deal with Arsenal expires in 2024, and the Gunners are looking to part ways with him now that they can still get a fee in return.
Considering that Holding would be available at cut-price, the Eagles may be able to strike a deal with the fellow London club. However, Holding is not among their priority signings for now, it’s said.
Another player that seeks immediate return to top-division football after suffering relegation is Luis Sinisterra. Palace were initially linked with the Leeds United winger but it appears that clubs like Brentford, Nice, and Sporting CP are all ahead in the race. The Whites will only consider a permanent transfer.
The Colombia international had a solid 2022/23 campaign with seven goals and one assist in 22 games for Leeds as we must take into account the injury he suffered mid-season.
A signing that may go under the radar is that of Adam Wharton. The 19-year-old had a great debut season in the Championship last term with two goals and two assists in 22 games for Blackburn Rovers. The Eagles are facing competition from Wolves, who will need a replacement for departing Matheus Nunes. Besides, Blackburn's priority is to sell Wharton but to get him back on loan for the remainder of the 2023/24 season.
List of Possible Crystal Palace Departures
The Crystal Palace transfer news are calmer in terms of departures, especially after the exits we mentioned above. The club’s priority is to keep hold of their key players as some of them have been approached by the Premier League giants.
Eberechi Eze was said to be on Manchester City’s radar as the Citizens were looking to strengthen the midfield after the departure of Ilkay Gundogan and injury of Kevin De Bryune. However, the rumours have died down and City have already identified other priority targets in that position.
It looks like Eze will stay put for now as he has a contract until 2025. The Nigerian started the season with two assists in four matches for Palace already.
Michael Olise was reported close to a transfer to Chelsea in mid-August only to end up signing a new contract at Selhurst Park until 2027. Looking back, it may have simply been a power play on the player’s end in order to get a better deal at Palace.
Olise is currently recovering from a hamstring injury so he is yet to play his first minutes this season. The 21-year-old finished the previous campaign with two goals and 11 assists in 40 matches for the Eagles.