May 25, 2024

Crystal Palace: Abde Ezzalzouli approach made

BYCHLOE CHADWICK

The Barcelona forward has already been the subject of an offer from another club in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace have asked about the conditions of a deal for Barcelona forward Abde Ezzalzouli, but reports have revealed that they aren’t the only club looking to bring him to the Premier League.

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Crystal Palace have asked about the conditions of a deal for Barcelona forward Abde Ezzalzouli, but reports have revealed that they aren’t the only club looking to bring him to the Premier League.

What position is Abde Ezzalzouli?

Ezzalzouli is primarily a left-winger who first moved to the Camp Nou from Hercules CF back in 2021, but having only ever made 14 senior appearances under Xavi, last season he was sent out on loan to CA Osasuna, and it’s fair to say he excelled whilst on the road.

The Morocco youth international firmly established himself as Jagoba Arrasate’s top-performing offensive player, so whilst he still has another three years remaining on his contract at his parent club, there’s a strong possibility that he could be on the move before the end of the window.

Reports have recently suggested that the 21-year-old has major doubts over his lack of game time with the Catalans moving forward, and his potential availability has already sparked interest from Leeds United who previously held initial talks, alongside Aston Villa who have made an offer, and it would seem that Roy Hodgson has now entered the race.

Are Crystal Palace signing Abde Ezzalzouli?

According to Foot Mercato (via Sport Witness), Crystal Palace “took information” on Ezzalzouli and have therefore been in contact in recent days to discover his situation and what the chances are of completing a deal before September 1st.

The Eagles have “joined” the running for his signature, but they are set to face stiff competition with several unnamed clubs across Europe also expressing an interest.

How many goals has Abde Ezzalzouli scored?

During his time as CA Osasuna, Ezzalzouli racked up eight goal contributions (six goals and two assists) in 34 appearances which is an extremely impressive return for a loan player, but even when the ball didn’t hit the back of the net, the forward was always able to pose a threat in and around the opposition’s penalty area.

Barcelona’s £4k-per-week earner ranked in the 97th percentile for successful take-ons and used his pace to dribble past his marker to create chances in the final third, with his excellent speed having previously seen him dubbed the “Moroccan Flash” by football talent scout Jacek Kulig.

The Beni-Mellal native also has the ability to operate in three positions across the frontline, including out wide on the right flank and even leading the line alongside his usual role on the left, so he would provide the boss with welcome versatility and be able to easily adapt should he ever want to change up his formation or team selection.

Furthermore, Ezzalzouli, dubbed “extraordinary” by Xavi Hernandez, is making a name for himself on the international stage having been named the top goalscorer at the U23s Africa Cup of Nations, and this individual recognition is nothing less than he deserves considering the star in the making that he appears to be.

Manchester United have made contact over potentially bringing another defender into the building at Old Trafford as Erik Ten Hag looks to bolster the options at his disposal in his backline.

What’s the latest news involving Manchester United?

The Red Devils have been able to bolster the ranks this summer by bringing in some high-profile signings that will be expected to become major players in the North West for years to come, in the form of Rasmus Hojlund, Mason Mount and Andre Onana, as per Transfermarkt.

According to Telegraph Sport, Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans is also close to agreeing a 12-month contract at Manchester United after initially joining his former club for the duration of pre-season, in a move that could influence Harry Maguire’s future at the club.

Evans impressed Red Devils boss Ten Hag in training at Carrington and is now likely to put pen to paper to prolong his stay in the coming days. England international Maguire was stripped of the captaincy at Manchester United earlier in the window and looked set to move to West Ham United in a deal worth £30 million before it eventually fell through.

 

Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat is a key target for Manchester United and has been left out of Fiorentina’s squad for their Europa Conference League play-off round match against Rapid Vienna, as per Sky Sports.

Morocco international Amrabat has had his head turned by interest from other clubs and isn’t in the correct mental state to participate in the tie. Manchester United hold a long-standing admiration for the 27-year-old, while Liverpool have also been keeping tabs on his situation.

Sheffield United are in talks with Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri and the Uruguay international could be set to move to Bramall Lane on a loan deal for the remainder of the campaign, according to Telegraph Sport.

Who else could Manchester United sign?

According to Football Insider, United have submitted an enquiry to Wolverhampton Wanderers regarding the availability of Portuguese defender Nelson Semedo.

Ten Hag is on the lookout for an attack-minded right-back who can overlap regularly and Semedo is said to fit the bill amid financial uncertainty at Molineux, which could force the Old Gold to sell more players in the final stretch of the window.

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