Crystal Palace must swoop for Sassuolo winger Jeremie Boga over the upcoming transfer window as Steve Parish looks to overhaul his first-team squad.
What’s the story?
According to the Evening Standard, Palace have a long-standing interest in the 24-year-old, although it’s not known whether they’ll return for the former Chelsea man this summer.
Boga has established a sizeable reputation for himself since arriving in Serie A, attracting the attention of several clubs across the continent.
Palace need him
The Ivorian has been linked with moves to the likes of Marseille, Napoli and fellow Premier League outfit Leicester City in recent weeks, but it’s the Eagles who need him most.
After four stable years under Roy Hodgson, the south London outfit are entering a transitional period following the 73-year-old’s departure, and a major rebuild is going to be required.
Christian Benteke has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal, easing the burden placed upon Parish for significant investment this summer. However, many other key figures are set to depart Selhurst Park at the end of the month.
It means new faces will be needed if the capital club are going to stand any chance of maintaining their top-flight status next season, and the arrival of Boga would help Palace do just that.
The tricky forward bagged four goals and provided two assists in 27 Serie A appearances throughout 2020/21, but his overall game was more impressive than the numbers suggest.
Boga completed 3.2 dribbles per game in the recently concluded campaign, far more than any of his Sassuolo teammates achieved and also successfully dribbled past 91 opponents, the third-highest number in the Italian top division.
With Palace set to be without their most prolific dribbler Eberechi Eze until the new year through injury, and with their fourth-most fruitful dribbler, Andros Townsend, nearing the exit door, the arrival of Boga would certainly ease the blow of their absence.
Signing the £18 million rated wing wizard would ease the Eagles’ transition into life after Hodgson, and Parish must swoop for the ace before one of his rivals beat him to the punch.