The Swiss star is desperate to leave the Bundesliga side, after growing frustrated by his lack of first-team action.
Palace have enquired about Bernetta’s situation, but are believed to face competition from a number of Serie A clubs – including Chievo and Parma.
However, the 28-year-old is thought to be keen on a move to England, putting the Eagles in pole position.
Ian Holloway is desperate to add at least one big name layer to his squad in a bid to help them steer clear of an immediate return to the Championship.
Bernetta only joined Schalke last summer from domestic rivals Bayer Leverkusen, and is believed to earn around £50,000-per-week.
Palace would demand that the versatile midfielder took a significant cut on this figure, which could scupper a move.
Holloway may instead opt to pursue a loan deal, in which he would demand that the German club subsidise the player’s earnings.
Palace have also been linked with a move for Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner, but the Danish striker’s wage demands are, again, believed to be a barrier.
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