Crystal Palace are doing a “good job” of pricing their best players away from Selhurst Park, transfer pundit Dean Jones has told GIVEMESPORT.
Roy Hodgson hopes to improve on last season’s bottom-half finish by keeping the Eagles’ critical assets.
Crystal Palace transfer news: latest
According to the MailOnline, Chelsea are interested in signing Crystal Palace and England centre-back Marc Guehi as the Blues look to replace Wesley Fofana, who has suffered an ACL injury.
However, Steve Parish’s Eagles have put a £60m price tag on the 23-year-old, which has already spooked Arsenal, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, while Chelsea co-chairman Todd Boehly could be reluctant to pay that fee given the club’s desire to balance the books.
And the same publication claims that Palace will demand £70m from Liverpool for the services of Cheick Doucoure.
The Mail international, once dubbed “complete” by former Eagles boss Patrick Vieira, could be an option to replace Fabhinho and Jordan Henderson at Anfield.
And Jones claims Palace are “not prepared” to sit back and allow their best players to leave this summer.
What has Jones said about Crystal Palace and Doucoure?
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “Palace are doing a good job of trying to price their best players out of the reach of the vultures. They are not prepared to sit back at the moment while the bigger clubs try to get their best talent.
“There are already doubts about whether Zaha is done with them for good, so if that is the case, there is reason to try and keep the side together.
“Doucoure is valued at more than £70m, and this comes after Marc Guehi is priced at £60m to scare off Spurs and Arsenal, who both showed interest in him earlier in the window. Chelsea are also looking at him as they consider a replacement for Fofana.
“Declan Rice seems to have changed the market now. I don’t think clubs would have latched onto big valuations in the past like they will now.
“We see Brighton holding on to Caicedo, Fulham doing the same with their best midfielder Palhinha, so it makes sense that Palace would just stick a massive number on Doucoure now.”
What next for Crystal Palace this summer?
With Palace aiming to keep hold of their best players, Hodgson will be hoping to see signings arrive at Selhurst Park before the transfer window closes on September 1.
According to Fabrizio Romano, speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the Eagles are ready for further talks with Flamengo over a deal to bring versatile winger Matheus Franca to south London.
Reports in Brazil value the 19-year-old at £22m, hinting that it won’t be easy to convince the South American giants to part with one of their top talents.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth has told GIVEMESPORT that Palace are waiting to see if Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha will return to Selhurst Park, having offered the 30-year-old a £200,000-a-week salary to stay at the club following the expiry of his previous deal last month.
And Daily Express reporter Ryan Taylor has told GMS that Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun would be a “sensational signing” for Hodgson’s side as the Eagles look to strengthen their attacking department.