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Palace can land their next Marc Guehi in Koni De Winter

Crystal Palace have reportedly enquired about signing Juventus defender Koni De Winter ahead of the January transfer window and the 20-year-old could prove to be the next Marc Guehi at Selhurst Park.

According to Tutto Juve, Palace, SouthamptonWest Ham United, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach have all asked for information about the young defender, who is currently on loan with Empoli in Serie A.

Although he has just eight appearances for Gli Azzurri under his belt, he is clearly an attractive prospect for a number of foreign clubs ahead of the January transfer window.

De Winter has made just two appearances for Juventus in his time with the club but is rated highly by a number of current and former players at the Allianz Stadium.

Leonardo Bonucci was full of praise for the young centre-back after he made his debut for the Old Lady in a Champions League win against Malmo. He said:

“Koni had a good game, he played with personality; we had already seen him in London against Chelsea. He has no fear and this will be an advantage for his career.

“He must remain humble now, he has enormous room for improvement, he has a whole career ahead of him.”

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Juventus legend Pavel Nedved also dubbed the defender “really strong,” which may well remind Palace fans of a top young centre-back of their own in Guehi.

The former Chelsea man has been a revelation since joining the Eagles in 2021, earning a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad after a series of strong performances in Patrick Vieira’s side.

During a loan spell with Swansea City in the Championship, Guehi was lauded by England U21 teammates, who dubbed him an “absolute tank” and a “brick wall,” so it is clear that he and Winter possess similar physical attributes.

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The Belgian U’21 international, like Guehi, is making a name for himself on loan from a team regularly in the Champions League, and he may want to follow a similar path to the Palace star by earning more regular first-team football with a permanent move away.

While he might struggle to oust either Guehi or Joachim Andersen from Vieira’s starting side at first, he looks to have plenty of potential and there seems no reason why he can’t emulate Palace’s young English centre-back should he make the move to Selhurst Park in January.