Crystal Palace is bracing for a significant blow in January, with reports suggesting that one of their key players, Marc Guehi, is eager to depart Selhurst Park despite having three years left on his contract.
Summer saw notable departures from the club, including Wilfried Zaha, Luka Milivojevic, Jack Butland, and Vicente Guaita on permanent deals, as well as Luke Plange on loan to Carlisle United. The exodus might continue into the new year, with nine first-team players, including Jeffrey Schlupp, Nathaniel Clyne, and Will Hughes, facing the end of their contracts.
Marc Guehi, a standout performer and a favorite of Roy Hodgson, could be among those leaving, even with three years remaining on his deal. The South London Press reported Manchester United’s continued interest in the 23-year-old center-back, with the latest update suggesting Guehi would “welcome the chance” to join Old Trafford in 2024. Crystal Palace has set a valuation of £60m for the English international.
Guehi, at 6 feet tall, might not be the tallest center-back, but his performances this season demonstrate his defensive prowess with an average of 4.9 clearances per game and an impressive 91.3% pass success rate. His versatility is an additional asset, capable of playing in various defensive positions and contributing offensively with 14 goals and eight assists in his career.
Described as a “beast” by football talent scout Jacek Kulig, Guehi’s potential move to Manchester United poses a threat to Crystal Palace. The club’s management, led by Steve Parish and Dougie Freedman, must act decisively to retain the services of their prized defender and ward off potential suitors in the upcoming transfer window.