Back in the summer, Crystal Palace shook hands with Trabzonspor on a deal that would see Alexander Sorloth join the Turkish side on loan until the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
Additionally, and now seemingly significantly, the Eagles also wrote an ‘obligation’ for Trabzonspor to buy the 22-cap Norway international for a paltry sum of just €6m (£5.1m) in January 2021.
“Palace negotiated a 24-month loan, with associated fees, and a purchase obligation set at €6 million in January 2021, by which time Trabzonspor, already cleared to compete in the Europa League, expect to have restructured their debt, implemented new financial monitoring regulations and met UEFA’s targets.”
At the time, you can see why Crystal Palace did that, in some respect.
Sorloth had scored just one goal in 20 outings for the club since a £9m move from Danish side FC Midtjylland, with even that strike coming against Championship side Swansea in a low-key Carabao Cup fixture.
However, as things currently stand, the south Londoners and their Sporting Director Dougie Freedman look to have made a real error of judgement.
Fotospor are reporting that Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco have made a €15m (£12.7m) offer for the former Rosenborg striker, which would already be over double the £5.1m that Crystal Palace are expecting to land in January of next year.
Monaco’s offer comes after Sorloth has netted 21 goals and registered five assists in 31 outings across all competitions this season – before the weekend’s meeting with Gençlerbirliği – so perhaps now, the Premier League club will be feeling slightly silly and may also feel as if they were too hasty to hand Trabzonspor an obligation to buy.
After all, at the time of being sent on loan, the attacker was just 23 years of age with plenty of time on his side to improve and develop, so it was foolish of the Eagles to offer a set price when there was a very real chance of Sorloth doing well for a club competing in the Europa League, therefore pushing his value up as a result.
If the news of Monaco’s offer is true – and also the information that Trabzonspor plan to write a €48m (£40.7m) release clause into his contract is too – then it appears that Crystal Palace have made a real error of judgement on their asset’s worth.
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