Journalist Paul Brown believes Crystal Palace could strike a deal to sign Aaron Ramsey in this transfer window, and thinks it would make sense for them to do so.
The midfielder has been linked with a potential move to Selhurst Park as Juventus seek to move the former Arsenal man.
What’s up with Palace?
They have impressed immensely under the management of Patrick Vieira so far this season.
The club did excellent business in the summer transfer window and seemed to be targeting young, hungry players with plenty of room for improvement.
This strategy led to the signing of Conor Gallagher on loan from Chelsea, and he went on to score seven goals and three assists in 18 league games. They have also secured the signings of defender Marc Guehi, also from Chelsea, Odsonne Edouard from Celtic and Michael Olise from Reading.
Palace have also won notable scalps and are one of only two clubs, along with Tottenham Hotspur, to beat Manchester City in the league.
The Ramsey links may therefore have come as a surprise given the strategy Palace used in the transfer window.
But reports in Italy, via Sport Witness, claimed Vieira had personally spoken to Ramsey about a potential deal.
There is also a suggestion, according to the same report, that Juventus could authorize a free transfer in order to allow Palace to bring him in, and also remove him from their wage bill.
He is reportedly earning a total of £400,000-a-week in wages, but Brown believes a deal could well be done provided Palace don’t have to completely break their wage structure.
Spotrac claim the club’s biggest earner is Wilfried Zaha, who earns £130,000 a week at Selhurst Park.
What did Brown say?
He told GiveMeSport: “If they don’t have to break their salary structure to get him, I think because Palace have signed so many very good young players since Vieira has been there, adding someone like him to it makes sense for them.”
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Could Palace sign him?
It really comes down to Ramsey.
The midfielder is earning a huge amount of money in Italy and the aforementioned report claim he hasn’t shown any signs of willing to give up his salary demands.
If he continues to demand £400,000 a week there is virtually no chance he will move to Selhurst Park as he earns more than three times as much as Zaha.
But if he’s ready to get paid to potentially play under Vieira, another former Arsenal star, and return to the Premier League, it could be a game in heaven.
Ramsey also has plenty of experience, as he made 262 Premier League appearances, scoring 40 goals and providing 51 assists, while also earning 71 caps for Wales.
The ball is well in his court.