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Palace on alert as bargain France international gets summer ‘pass’

Reports in France claim Crystal Palace could reignite their interest in forward Alassane Plea after news that Borussia Monchengladbach will allow him to leave for a knockdown price.

The 28-year-old has been with Die Fohlen for three years after Gladbach paid Nice €25m for his services. The man with one France cap began well, with 12 goals from 28 Bundesliga starts and 34 appearances in 2018-19. He also won his sole cap for Les Blues during that season, replacing Olivier Giroud late on against Uruguay.

But the Lille-born ace seemed to slip down the pecking order in the next couple of campaigns. He was seen on 27 occasions in the league, bagging 10 goals in 2019-20.

And he was handed just 19 starts last season, managing six goals. Inevitably attention has turned to his future at Borussia-Park.

Back in April it was reported that he might be allowed to leave during the off-season. West Ham were thought to be keen.

And last year both Manchester United and Tottenham were mentioned in connection with the attacker. Palace have also been linked but his price tag appeared to be prohibitive.

But, according to L’Equipe (via Sport Witness), the Germans might now be prepared to accept just €15m to get a deal over the line. The same publication reveal that Gladbach have given the former Lyon player an ‘exit pass’ this summer.

And he was reportedly ‘approached’ by Palace early in the current transfer window. There is no word of any bid. But if the price quoted turns out to be correct, one may not be far away.

Competition expected for plea signature

Patrick Vieira is now in the Selhurst Park hotseat after Roy Hodgson’s decision to step down. The charismatic Frenchman will look to work his magic in the market to strengthen his squad.

Centre-back Marc Guehi has completed his £18million switch from Chelsea. And many others have been linked with the south Londoners.

Plea could be the next man to arrive but the capital outfit are not his only suitors. There is interest from Ligue 1 clubs Rennes and Lyon.

Patrick Vieira managing TEAMtalk

He has never played in the Premier League but does seem suited to English football. The Frenchman has an eye for goal and an ability to bring others into the game.

The pandemic means finances are tight across the football world. And Plea might just be a bargain capture for any club this summer.

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