Palace still keen on former target as Vieira looks to solve pressing issue

Date published: Saturday 2nd October 2021 8:29 - Neil Foster

Kasper Dolberg and Joachim Andersen, Denmark, Euro 2020

Reports claim Crystal Palace are continuing to monitor Nice forward Kasper Dolberg with a view to a possible swoop during the winter transfer window.

The 23-year-old is now in his third season with the Ligue 1 outfit after moving from Ajax in August 2019. Les Aiglons paid in the region of €20m for the Denmark international and it seems money well spent. The Scandinavian has scored 21 goals from 60 appearances in all competitions.

And he has also starred on the international stage, bagging 10 times for the Danes from 30 outings. He jumped to the attention of a number of clubs with a stellar showing in the summer’s European Championship.

The former Silkeborg ace scored three goals – two against Wales and one against Czech Republic – as Denmark reached the semi-finals. Unsurprisingly, he has been linked with many clubs in recent times.

Patrick Vieira during Crystal Palace vs Brentford, August 2021

But it appeared as though Palace were at the front of the queue for his signature. Patrick Vieira wanted to sign Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah, according to The Sun, with Dolberg as a potential Plan B.

Neither transfer materialised but the south Londoners are said to be keeping tabs on the talented forward. Vieira knows him well from when he was in charge of Nice and is eager for a reunion at Selhurst Park.


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Palace have made a steady if unspectacular start to the Premier League season. They sit 15th in the table with six points to their name.

Scoring goals has been an issue, with only six to date, leading to just one win and three draws. The French tactician may be looking for some more firepower in January and Dolberg fits the bill.

Dolberg once on Barcelona radar

Dolberg will turn 24 on October 6 but seems to have been around for many years. He was highly thought of as a teenager, with many clubs showing an interest.

Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton have all been mentioned in connection with the player in the past. And even Spanish giants Barcelona have been linked.

It was thought the Catalans would try to replace Luis Suarez with the then 20-year-old back in January 2018. But that rumour quickly disappeared when Lionel Messi reportedly voiced his objection to the proposal.

Lionel Messi Mauricio Pochettino PSG September 2021

It is surprising that he has yet to play in either England, Spain or Italy – but that might soon change. Vieira has shown a willingness to bring in new faces, buying five players in the summer.

And he may tag one more on to that number if Palace can do a deal for Dolberg.

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