Crystal Palace have been linked with a move for Angers midfielder Angelo Fulgini as the club’s new era under Patrick Vieira starts to take shape.
The Eagles have already secured the signatures of Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi and Michael Olise this summer, with Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher arriving at Selhurst Park on a season-long loan deal.
According to the Daily Mail, the highly-rated Fulgini could be the next fresh face to arrive in south London.
The report states that the French outfit are set to demand £12m for their prized asset, although the Palace hierarchy may have to move quickly in order to secure their target as Monaco and Newcastle United are also credited with an interest.
Fulgini caught the eye with a string of impressive performances for Angers last season, firing Les Noirs et Blancs to top-flight safety. In 36 appearances in all competitions, the former France Under-21 international bagged 10 goals, laying on a further four assists for his teammates.
However, his underlying statistics were arguably just as impressive, highlighting the technically gifted magician’s importance to his current club.
As per WhoScored, Fulgini recorded two shots, 1.7 key passes and 2.5 dribbles per league game throughout 2020/21, seeing him outperform all of his teammates who played more than three games in each metric.
The 6 ft maestro established himself Angers’ star player last term and cultivated a reputation as an extremely talented dribbler, completing 81 successful take-ons in Ligue 1, far more than any Palace player.
His age, ability and price tag make him an ideal signing for Palace, and Vieira would surely love to have him at the capital club. It’s clear that the Eagles are targeting young, exciting players with bags of potential this summer, and 24-year-old Fulgini would certainly fit that profile.
Therefore, Palace chairman Steve Parish must swoop for the midfielder before any other potential suitors make their move, adding another astute acquisition to Vieira’s ranks.