Crystal Palace have entered the race to sign Slavia Prague striker Abdallah Sima ahead of the upcoming transfer window after the youngster’s incredible campaign.
What’s the story?
According to well-respected journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Eagles have identified the 19-year-old as a potential target as they plan for an overhaul of their first-team squad this summer.
The south London outfit have over a dozen players out of contract over the coming months, and with manager Roy Hodgson announcing his imminent departure, Romano claims Sima could be Frank Lampard’s first signing, should he succeed the former England boss.
Steve Parish must swoop
Sima has had an outstanding season for the Czech giants, bagging 19 goals and providing eight assists in all competitions as Prague raced away with the top-flight title and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
His fantastic performances have attracted the attention of some of England’s top teams, with several reports linking the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and West Ham United to the pacey forward.
However, Palace now appear to be serious contenders for the Senegal international’s signature, and Steve Parish must swoop for the teenage prodigy dubbed “the new Thierry Henry” by multiple outlets.
With there being no guarantee that Christian Benteke will extend his stay at Palace and it looking increasingly unlikely that the capital club will sanction a permanent move for Michy Batshuayi, a new striker is surely high on the club’s transfer wishlist.
Signing a proven Premier League goalscorer may not be feasible for Palace this summer, with the financial restrictions caused by the ongoing pandemic, so signing a relatively unknown talent with a proven goalscoring record could be the ideal solution.
Sima currently has a market value of just £9.9m (as per Transfermarkt), and at just 19, has bags of potential for that to grow.
Parish could deliver Palace’s new boss a diamond in the rough this summer before selling him on for an exponential profit in a few year’s time, it could well be an opportunity that the Eagles can’t afford to miss out on.