Crystal Palace will face stiff competition from other Premier League clubs for England U21 midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White if the 22-year-old is to leave Molineux this summer.
That is according to journalist Pete O’Rourke, who was speaking to GiveMeSport about the Eagles’ summer transfer plans ahead of August’s Premier League kick-off.
Wolves have reportedly already rejected a bid worth £20m from Everton for Gibbs-White this summer, with the club having no intention of selling their academy product, while a new deal still remains on the table for the youngster, who still has two years remaining on his contract.
But if Bruno Lage’s side are to sell the midfielder, it is thought they would be hoping for something closer to the £30m mark for them to part ways with one of their most valuable assets this summer, according to The Athletic.
And O’Rourke is expecting a big battle for Gibbs-White’s signature should he depart Molineux in the coming weeks.
He said: “It does seem to be a club going places, Palace. A young vibrant side now under Patrick Vieira as well.
“So, I’m sure that will play a part in players’ thinking if they were to move to Palace. But it’s going to be a big battle, I think, for Gibbs-White if he does end up leaving Wolves this summer.”
TIF Thoughts on O’Rourke’s comments…
We believe that Palace fans will be disappointed to hear that there may be other clubs vying for Gibbs-White’s signature, with the move for the midfielder not seeming so straightforward.
To further add to the frustration, Gibbs-White has hinted in an interview with Wolves’ social media channels that he is fully focussed on preparing for the season ahead with Lage’s side.
We think that it is looking more likely by the day that the young starlet will be staying at Molineux, at least until the next transfer window, but it does certainly seem positive that Palace appear to be a more attractive proposition these days than they perhaps were previously.