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Crystal Palace Linked With Move For Chelsea Academy Star

Reports in France, specifically from Foot Mercato, suggest that Crystal Palace may look to make a move for Chelsea academy man Jeremie Boga before the new season gets underway.

The 18-year-old has been with The Blues since the age of 12, and last season made 37 appearances at youth level last season, scoring 12 goals in the process. Named as part of the first-team’s match day squad for the final game of the season at home to Sunderland, he is clearly highly rated by Jose Mourinho, but will need regular league experience before being plunged into regular football at Stamford Bridge.

There has been talk of loan moves to Spain or France for the Frenchman, but with Boga himself having recently declared a desire to stay in England if possible, the path may be open for Alan Pardew to tempt him with a move to SE25 for the new Premier League season.

Admittedly, there will be more than a few Palace fans who are dead set against the idea of taking any player on loan, given the direction we are now heading in, but there is nothing to suggest that, if Boga does arrive in south London and impress, we wouldn’t look to make the move a permanent one in due time.

Clearly, from his personal perspective, regular football will become more and more important as the years go by, and with Chelsea having proven to be ruthless when selecting sides since Roman Abramovic’s arrival in 2003, a long-term switch to Selhurst may suit all parties perfectly.

Undoubtedly talented, Boga would almost certainly be of use to Alan Pardew next season, as he looks to build a team capable of breaking into the Premier League’s top eight on a regular basis, thus hopefully making us a more attractive proposition to players who only three or four years ago, we could have only dreamed of being linked with.

Should we hear any more, you’ll be the first to know.

Chelsea BLOCK Any Move Away From Stamford Bridge For Loic Remy

According to Darren Lewis in The Mirror, Chelsea have now decided to block any potential sale of Loic Remy, amid fears that they will be caught short in the attacking third next season, should he leave.

Crystal Palace, West Ham and Swansea were all thought to have been seriously interested in making a move for the French international, regardless of the £15 million price tag and his supposed £80,000 a week wage demands, but now, the Blues have extinguished any chance of a transfer taking place.

With Diego Costa providing the main goal threat for Jose Mourinho’s men last term, Remy grew understandably frustrated at being forced to twiddle his thumbs on the bench, leading to the Blues telling the former Newcastle man that he would be allowed to leave this summer. Unfortunately for Remy, the form of new Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao has changed that.

Thanks to the Manchester United flop’s continued poor showings during the Copa America, the Premier League champions are clearly having second thoughts over their initial decision, with Remy’s record of seven league goals in just six league starts last season no doubt forcing Mourinho and co. to rethink their blueprint for the 2015/16 campaign.

The report in The Mirror claims that we have now switched our attention to QPR’s Charlie Austin, but with what seems like half of the division in for him, you would assume that our chances of winning that race are slim.

As with every summer transfer window, we are forced to to try and find our bearings in an ever-changing landscape.

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