Crystal Palace have made a move to bring Nikola Maksimovic to Selhurst Park this summer.
That’s according to a claim made by Corriere Dello Sport journalist Antonio Giordano, who revealed during an interview with Radio Marte (via Sport Witness) that the Eagles have made the SSC Napoli centre-back an offer of a contract, with his current deal with the Serie A side due to expire on Wednesday.
Giordano goes on to state that West Ham United, Real Betis and Sevilla have also made contact with the 29-year-old, however, at present, the defender remains undecided as to which direction he would like his career to take.
With Patrick Vieira looking set to take over from Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace in the coming days, should the Frenchman go on to make Maksimovic his first signing for the south London club, it would very much appear to be a real statement of intent by the 45-year-old.
The £36k-per-week Serbia international also chipped in for his side in an attacking capacity, scoring one goal, registering one assist and creating one big chance for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 0.4 key passes per league fixture.
These returns saw the man Carlo Ancelotti dubbed a “complete” defender earn a season SofaScore match rating of 7.01, ranking him as Gli Azzurri’s joint eighth-best performer in the Italian top-flight that season.
As such, should Vieria indeed go on to take over at Selhurst Park in the coming days, it would seem highly advisable for the 45-year-old to do all he can to get a deal over the line for the centre-back in the summer transfer window, as not only would he seem to be a magnificent addition to the Palace backline but also an extremely cost-friendly signing.