A major development has emerged regarding the immediate future of Crystal Palace transfer target Sebastiaan Bornauw.
According to Kicker, the defender has refused to sign a contract extension with Bundesliga side FC Koln, whose sporting director Jorg Jakobs has also revealed that the 22-year-old has told his employers that he would like to leave the club to join Wolfsburg. He told Kicker: “We had a conversation. His advisors have registered his wish that he would like to move to Wolfsburg,”
Sport Bild, as transcribed by Sport Witness, reported earlier this month that Crystal Palace are interested in a deal to sign the £10.8m-rated beast, who is drawn to the idea of a move to the Premier League.
Palace must make sure that they pounce on this opportunity to bring Bornauw to the club this summer. The Belgian defender has made it clear that he wants to leave Koln and this presents the Eagles with the chance to swoop in and seal a deal, which they should be looking to do.
Wolfsburg have not agreed a deal with Koln as of yet and Palace should act quickly to snap him up ahead of the north German club. Bornauw could be an excellent addition to the south Londoners’ squad and solve a tricky issue at Selhurst Park.
The centre-back situation at Palace is in desperate need of attention this summer. Any new manager coming in should be immediately looking to address it as a problem area due to the ages of the current options at the heart of the defence.
Martin Kelly, Gary Cahill, Scott Dann, Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins are all 31 or older, whilst 31-year-old Chiekhou Kouyate has also been playing out of position at the back. Palace have too many ageing pros in this area of the pitch and it is a cause for concern in the long-term as their powers begin to wane and their contracts run down.
At 22, Bornauw could therefore be exactly the type of signing Palace need. He has the majority of his career left ahead of him, rather than heading into his final years, and could be Palace’s first-choice centre-back for the next decade if all goes well.
The defender has already proven his quality in the Bundesliga, averaging a WhoScored rating of 6.71 for Koln last season, whilst Dann’s score of 6.58 was the highest of any Palace centre-back. This suggests that the Belgian would be a quality upgrade on the Eagles’ current defensive options and improve the squad, whilst also having youth on his side to continue developing and progressing as a player over the coming years.