Crystal Palace remain in the market for further acquisitions this summer and have been linked with a move for Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor.
According to French outlet Homme du Match, the Eagles are preparing a £7m offer for the technically gifted 28-year-old, just weeks after he was named club captain of the Glasgow giants following Scott Brown’s departure.
McGregor’s current contract still have three years left to run, meaning new Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou will not be forced to part ways with his prized asset.
The Scotland international has established himself as one of the top players in his homeland after rising through Celtic’s ranks, bagging 54 goals and providing 64 assists in 332 appearances for the Hoops.
In that time, McGregor has become of the most decorated stars in the club’s history, winning six Scottish Premiership titles, three Scottish Cups and five League Cups, securing his place in Celtic’s illustrious history in the process.
His impressive displays in the centre of the park have earned many plaudits down the years, including former Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers.
“He controls the tempo of the game,” said Rodgers. “He is a boy that takes the ball, so clever in his movements, and we ask him to go into certain area of the pitch to offer support. He has a dream of a touch that allows him to go forward.
“His feet are nice and soft, he doesn’t play backwards so much, and he has a great range of passes, and he has the personality now to play those passes, not just one that is secure to keep the ball, he can break a line with a pass and open up and split up the game for us.
“He has been absolutely exceptional in that role, but I say that everywhere he plays.”
With the departure of James McCarthy and Cheikhou Kouyate beginning the new season at centre-back once again, new Palace boss Patrick Vieira is keen to bolster his engine room options in the remaining weeks of the window.
Therefore, chairman Steve Parish must sanction a move for McGregor, supplying the Frenchman with a quality midfielder capable of controlling games and opening opposition defences up at will.