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.