Palace eyeing shock swoop for Sarr claim reports

With the transfer window set to close on October 16th, clubs are lining up last ditch deals in order to strengthen their squads for the season ahead.

Newspaper The Sun claim that Palace are eyeing a club-record £30m to bring Watford winger Ismaila Sarr to Selhurst Park.

Sarr has been attracting interest from the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool, so any Eagles swoop for the winger would be considered a huge coup.

However, Watford are said to be wanting closer to £40m for the Senegal international – the same price they paid Rennes for him last summer.

If £30m sounded unlikely to you, then £40m would almost certainly be out of the question for Palace, particularly with Roy Hodgson admitting he is pleased with the club’s transfer business so far this window.

Watford may be tempted in to a cut-price deal the closer the deadline gets, however, with the Hornets already having a bloated squad on Premier League wages.

Mainz striker on Crystal Palace transfer radar

British newspaper The Sun suggest that the Bundesliga forward is keen to leave the German club and has been made available for a cut-price £15m.

Palace have designs on strengthening their attack after a disappointing season in front of goal, with only relegated Norwich City scoring fewer times in the Premier League than the Eagles last campaign.

Chairman Steve Parish has faced criticism in recent transfer windows for a reluctance to invest in the playing squad, with manager Roy Hodgson repeatedly hinting in press conferences that Palace need to add to their ageing squad.

Following 7 straight losses at the end of last season, many Eagles fans will hope that wretched run of results will encourage the chairman to put his hand in his pocket.

Mainz striker Mateta barely featured in the Bundesliga this season due to a series of frustrating injuries, but 14 goals in 2018/19 for the 23-year-old and 20 strikes the season before for Le Havre show that the 6’3” frontman has potential.

Whether £15m is a gamble worth taking on the Frenchman remains to be seen, but it is of paramount importance that the conundrum up front is solved at Selhurst Park.

Chelsea after PSG’s Thiago Silva

That’s according to Sky Sports, who claim the 35-year-old Brazilian is being targeted by the Blues in an attempt to shore-up their back line.

Silva, who turns 36 in September, is being tipped to sign a one-year deal at Stamford Bridge just a mater of days after his current club PSG were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich in Sunday’s Champions League final.

The defender, who has been capped nearly 90 times for his country, has been in Paris since 2012 and enjoyed immense success in the French capital.

However, there are question marks over Silva’s age and whether he has the ability to perform in the Premier League, especially considering Chelsea allowed the vastly experienced and younger duo of Gary Cahill and David Luiz to depart the club last summer.

Elsewhere, Chelsea’s long-anticipated swoop for Leicester City left back Ben Chilwell could hit a roadblock if the England defender is unable to get a solid diagnosis on a plaguing heel injury which has been niggling him for large parts of the season.

That’s according to British newspaper The Sun, who claim the Blues are ready to pull the plug on the £50m switch for the Foxes man if scans reveal his fitness may be in question for the start of the new Premier League season.

Bournemouth keeper Aaron Ramsdale on Blades’ list of transfer targets

Newspaper The Sun claim that Chris Wilder is plotting a move for the 22-year-old stopper, with it uncertain whether on-loan Manchester United man Dean Henderson will return to Bramall Lane next season.

Henderson has impressed between the sticks for the Blades this campaign, which may encourage Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to keep him at Old Trafford to compete with David De Gea.

That is where Ramsdale enters the frame – the Cherries keeper came through the Sheffield United academy and may be looking for an immediate route back to the Premier League after Bournemouth’s relegation to the Championship last week.