Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in signing Chelsea defender Marc Guehi ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
What’s the story?
The 20-year-old enjoyed an impressive loan spell at Swansea City last season, attracting the attention of several sides, including Palace.
That’s according to The Athletic, who claim the Eagles are targeting Guehi as they plan an overhaul of the centre-back positions over the coming months.
It’s not stated whether Palace are hoping to secure the youngster’s services on a temporary or permanent basis, but either way, he would be a brilliant option for the south London outfit.
With the likes of Mamadou Sakho, Gary Cahill and Scott Dann approaching the end of their current contracts with the capital club, chairman Steve Parish is going to have to bring in multiple replacements and securing Guehi would be a masterstroke.
The England Under-21 international made 45 appearances for the Swans in all competitions last season as Steve Cooper’s men reached the play-off final, recording a highly respectable WhoScored rating of 6.90 in the process.
After Roy Hodgson’s departure from Palace, the Selhurst Park side are embarking on a new chapter where trimming the average age of their squad is set to form a key part of their plans.
Bringing in the £9million-rated Chelsea starlet, therefore, would solve several issues at once.
Despite his tender years, Parish should have no qualms about bringing Guehi in to play in the Premier League on a regular basis as his natural physique lends itself to the physical demands of the English top-flight.
“Easy, Marc Guehi. He’s an absolute tank,” Stoke City goalkeeper Josef Bursik said when asked to pick the strongest player in the England U21 squad.
“It’s like having a brick wall in front of you, he’s massive.”
Hodgson’s successor is yet to be named and is likely to want to have their say on Palace’s transfer dealing this summer, but it’s hard to imagine anyone turning down the opportunity to sign Guehi, and his arrival could mark the beginning of a new era in south London.