Quintet of Premier League clubs eyeing Palace wingman Bolasie?
Crystal Palace (10/1 with Coral for a top 10 finish) are reportedly bracing themselves for the departure of Yannick Bolasie, with several Premier League clubs supposedly set to meet the wily wingman’s apparent asking price.
Everton and Newcastle United (12/1 to be relegated) are believed to head the chasing pack for Palace’s star man, with a fee that could eventually exceed £15m, including add-ons, expected to convince the London club to part with their prize asset.
Liverpool, Stoke City and Tottenham are also said to be eyeing the Eagles attacker, which could potentially increase Bolasie’s pricetag further, and Palace stand to net a pretty profit on the £300k they paid to prise him from Bristol City.
Brilliant Bolasie, who began his career in Rushden and Diamonds’ academy, joined the Eagles in 2012 and has provided seven strikes and 22 assists in his 108 appearances for the club across all competitions.
The electric wideman has surely enjoyed his most productive campaign to date with four goals and nine assists this season so far, and has become increasingly influential under new Crystal Palace coach Alan Pardew.
Usually deployed on the left flank, the 16-capped Democratic Republic of Congo international can also operate across right and central attacking midfield positions.
Adaptable and incisive, the France-born flank threat would provide any of his suitors with an extra dimension, with the Toffees perhaps his most viable destination should Kevin Mirallas depart this summer.
Spurs could also use an injection of quality in wing positions, and the guileful and graceful Eagle could make a fantastic foil for the club’s already strong attacking contingent of Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane.
Aged 25, in-form Bolasie may want to make the switch to a club angling for European football while his stock is high, but the Selhurst Park side are expected to put up a fight.
It is believed Pardew will only allow his pacey wide playmaker to seek pastures new if Palace can make a profit substantial enough to secure a top quality replacement, though the Londoners already boast Wilfried Zaha, Jason Puncheon and Dwight Gayle, who can also operate in the wide berths.
Under new boss Pardew the Eagles have shown real ambition, so perhaps Bolasie may yet be convinced to stay and help push the club into contention for continental football if there is significant investment this summer.
After all, the Leopards star is still under contract until 2017 and may not want to risk transforming from being centre of attention to a squad player elsewhere.