Crystal Palace are now in advanced talks over a new contract for Eberechi Eze – but there is one problem.
It was the Evening Standard who shared this update.
So, what has been said about Eberechi Eze and Crystal Palace? Let’s take a look…
What’s the story?
Well, it is said that the Eagles are now in advanced talks with the England international over a new contract worth £100,000-a-week.
That would make Eze Crystal Palace’s joint-highest earner alongside Dean Henderson and Michael Olise.
Now – however – there is one last hurdle for Crystal Palace to clear.
The Evening Standard believe the “final sticking point” in negotiations with Eze is in regards to a release clause, with both the inclusion and value of such an option being discussed.
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That – of course – could be deemed as problematic for some, as it suggests the Crystal Palace No.10 has one eye on a transfer later down the line.
Manchester City are mentioned as a potential destination for Eze in the Evening Standard’s story, with Pep Guardiola said to be a huge admirer of the 25-year-old.
What Crystal Palace will do after tying Eze down
Eze is not the only player Steve Parish and Dougie Freedman want to keep at Selhurst Park.
The Evening Standard add that Marc Guehi is next in line to discuss a new contract, with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool said to be keeping a close eye on him.
While it is good to see Parish putting some urgency into these contract talks, the danger is that gems such as Eze and Guehi won’t actually want to sign a new deal, given the lack of ambition witnessed at Selhurst Park in recent times.
If any of our top talents did reject a new deal, we wouldn’t be able to blame them.
Frustratingly, it seems as if Parish, John Textor, Josh Harris and David Blitzer are more than happy to see Crystal Palace finish mid-table every season.
While that might benefit the quartet’s respective bank balances, it will not be enough to convince stars such as Eze and Guehi to spend more time at Crystal Palace.