Monday, March 19, 2018

Pardew slaps £40m price-tag on Bolasie

Pardew slaps £40m price-tag on Bolasie

Crystal Palace F.C. manager Alan Pardew has revealed the club would be prepared to sell Yannick Bolasie when the transfer window re-opens in the summer, but if, and only if, they receive at least £40 million for the player.

Just last week, Pardew placed a £20 million price-tag on the Democratic Republic of Congo international, who joined Palace from Bristol City for a fee of around £400,000 in the summer of 2012, but the figure has already increased amid reports linking Liverpool with a summer swoop for the 25-year-old.

“I’ll sell Yannick, if someone wants to give me £40 million to £60 million, somewhere in there, that would be good,” Pardew said.

“I’ll take it and we’ll build the team around that money. Every player has a price, of course.

“All these players here are undervalued, in my opinion. This is a top-10 team at the moment, top 12, yet if you put the valuation of our squad against any of the other teams above us, and some below, it’s not right.

“So I’m going to address that. Anyone who rings me up will get a proper price.

“It’s only our second year in the Premier League so it’s understandable [if players are undervalued].

“You need to put your credentials there every week. I think these players are starting to do that now; Bolasie, [Jason] Puncheon, [Joel] Ward, [Damien] Delaney.

“Therefore when I hear figures being talked about players, they are not even close to where I value these players.

“It’s very easy to address: a manager has to ring me up and I will tell him the price, and that will be addressed.”

Bolasie has tallied four goals and six assists in 29 English Premier League appearances for Palace in 2014/15.

Wanyama plays down Arsenal link

Southampton F.C. midfielder Victor Wanyama has insisted he is happy at St Mary’s despite reports suggesting he could be on his way to North London to join Arsenal this summer.

Earlier this week, Wanyama was quoted as saying: “Arsenal are a great club and I’d love to play Champions League football.”

However, the Kenya international, 23, has maintained he is fully focused at Southampton, as the Saints continue to fight for a place in next season’s UEFA Europa League.

“To put it straight: We all respect Arsenal but right now I’m only focused on helping Saints to have a strong finish to the season,” Wanyama said via Twitter.

“The newspaper article does not say that I have spoken to Wenger or anyone else from Arsenal – and that’s the truth.

“We are doing so well and what other managers think of me as a player is totally out of my control.”


Shawn Etemadi



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