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According to The Daily Star, Crystal Palace have had a £20m bid rejected by Chelsea for Reece James, as the Eagles step up their search for an Aaron Wan-Bissaka replacement.
Well, the south Londoners have only recently sold Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United for a sum of £50m, leaving them with Joel Ward as their only recognised senior player in the right-back department.
They have been linked with both James and their former player and academy graduate Nathaniel Clyne, along with Atalanta right-back Timothy Castagne as they look to fill the Wan-Bissaka shaped hole in their team.
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Despite making the bid for James, the Eagles have seen their offer rejected for the teenager who shone whilst on loan with Wigan last term.
Two English right-backs. Both of interest to Palace. But so much difference between them.
James is a real up-and-coming talent who has an enormously high ceiling, and if Palace can snap him up now, who knows how much he’ll be worth in the next few years – young English talent comes with a premium, as we have seen in Newcastle’s £50m valuation of Sean Longstaff despite the midfielder playing just nine league games.
In Clyne’s case, he is somewhat of a has been now who is almost in his thirties, and wouldn’t represent a good investment for Palace seeing as few clubs will want to spend much on an ageing right-back – Liverpool reportedly value the 28-year-old at £15m, money Palace would probably never see again if they parted with that for Clyne.
By choosing James over Clyne, the Eagles would most likely have to pay a little more but they would be getting a player who can fill the role for the next decade, and would also retain his value whilst presumably seeing it inflate as well given his talent and the fact he is English.