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Crystal Palace eyeing transfer for defensive gem Ronnie Edwards

Crystal Palace target Ronnie Edwards will be able to leave Peterborough United for the right money now that they have been relegated to the third tier.

Peterborough United’s Director of Football Barry Fry told the Peterborough Telegraph earlier this month that his prize asset, Ronnie Edwards, will only be sold if a club is willing to make the 19-year-old the most expensive export in Peterborough United’s 88-year history.

Though Palace face tough competition for the Edwards’ signature with The Mail reporting that a “mystery German club” will provide competition, alongside Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur side.

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A future star

With Posh now relegated, it presents the Eagles with the perfect opportunity to swoop in and make Edwards their player.

Having made 32 appearances with 66% of those being starts for Peterborough United in the Championship this season, it is no wonder why the England U19 star has attracted such interest.

The £15m-rated centre-back has used the Championship as a platform to showcase his ability with the ball, after clocking up some impressive numbers that see him prevail as the most accurate passer per 90 minutes for the Posh, with an average of 47 accurate passes per game, as per FotMob.

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This also translates to his average of four accurate long balls per game, which rank him second out of the Peterborough squad.

The fact that Grant McCann’s side have struggled with possession this season paints both metrics with more esteem.

Edwards’ total of 43 interceptions this season have seen him average around 1.5 interceptions per game which is a slight improvement on Crystal Palace’s Joachim Andersen who has averaged around 1.3 interceptions this season and a big improvement over Marc Guehi who has averaged around 0.8 interceptions per 90.

The Posh’s Director of Football told the Peterborough Telegraph: “If he was to leave, ideally, he’d go and be loaned straight back to us for a year.”

This would be an option that Palace would most likely be open to, with the central partnership of Andersen and Guehi seemingly set – with the former starting 82% and the latter starting 97% of Palace’s Premier League games this season.

Edwards is a composed central defender and in the words of Darren Ferguson, he is an “incredible talent.” Thus, he certainly looks to have a bright future in the game and should they get a deal over the line, it could replicate the masterclass the club had when it came to luring Michael Olise to Selhurst Park from the Football League.

That means this transfer is one that will surely excite the supporters.

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