Crystal Palace have been linked with a move for FC Midtjylland midfielder Jens Cajuste as new manager Patrick Vieira continues to overhaul the first-team squad.
According to Swedish newspaper Expressen, the Eagles are amongst several Premier League clubs keen on signing the highly-rated 21-year-old this summer.
The report claims that Leeds United, Wolves, Palace and Newcastle United are all in discussions over a move for the youngster, with a £12m price tag muted.
Despite his tender years, Cajuste has already racked up 69 appearances in all competitions for his boyhood side, attracting the attention of several top teams across the continent.
Expressen claim that Midtjylland have already rejected a £8.5m offer from Rennes earlier in the transfer window, but that a sale could be imminent after the youngster was missing from the Danish outfit’s Champions League qualifier against Celtic on Tuesday night.
The holding midfielder was a part of Sweden’s Euro 2020 squad, helping them reach the last 16 before losing to Ukraine in extra time.
Although he only played six minutes of their opening fixture, a 0-0 draw against semi-finalists Spain, Cajuste is very highly thought of in his homeland, and he’s expected to become a big player for Janne Andersson’s charges in the future.
His potential arrival at Selhurst Park would provide a significant boost to Vieira’s current options in the Palace engine room following the departures of James McCarthy and James McArthur.
The experienced duo exited the south London outfit following the expiration of their contracts last month, leaving a sizeable gap in the capital club’s engine room.
Chairman Steve Parish and sporting director Dougie Freedom appear to be targeting young talent with lots of potential this summer, with Michael Olise and Marc Guehi already arriving at Selhurst Park.
It’s a sensible strategy from the Palace hierarchy as the club had the oldest squad in the Premier League last season, and Vieira would surely love to add another youngster full of potential to his ranks.
Parish and co. may have to move quickly in order to secure Cajuste’s services, though, amid stiff competition from multiple domestic rivals, and the club’s supporters will surely be urging the Palace chief to get this deal over the line.