Crystal Palace have been linked with a move for wantaway Paris Saint-Germain defender Layvin Kurzawa, with the January transfer window fast approaching.
According to French outlet Jeunes Footeux (as relayed by The Hard Tackle), the Eagles have been offered the opportunity to sign the 29-year-old over the coming months as he searches for regular game-time.
The report doesn’t mention an expected asking price for Kurzawa, but the left-back only signed a new four-year deal in June 2020, so he’s unlikely to come cheaply.
Palace manager Patrick Vieira embarked on a successful spending spree over the summer, replacing several ageing campaigners with multiple exciting, young acquisitions.
However, he failed to replace Dutch international Patrick van Aanholt on the left-hand side of defence, leaving academy graduate Tyrick Mitchell as the only natural option in that position.
Therefore, Kurzawa may be the ideal addition, providing an experienced alternative to the 22-year-old after proving his capability at the highest level following six-and-a-half successful years at the Parc des Princes.
Since arriving in Paris from Monaco in 2015, the £10.8m-rated full-back has made 153 appearances for the capital club, scoring 14 goals and providing 23 assists, winning 13 major trophies along the way.
After putting pen to paper on fresh terms last year, Kurzawa labelled his younger self as “a little more crazy” before claiming his improved form was down to his new level of maturity, while also revealing he admires basketball star “Lebron James” after copying his celebration.
However, things have not gone to plan for the attack-minded defender in recent months.
The arrival of wonderkid Nuno Mendes and Juan Bernat’s return from a long-term injury has forced Kurzawa down Pochettino’s pecking order significantly, limiting him to just nine minutes of first-team action throughout 2021/22.
As a result, Vieira must pounce for the 5 foot 10 gem during the winter window, continuing his Palace revolution by adding some much-needed cover and competition for Mitchell.