Crystal Palace are keen on Marseille’s Iliman Ndiaye in the summer as a potential replacement for Michael Olise, who has prominent suitors.
According to The Sun, Crystal Palace have made a firm enquiry for Iliman Ndiaye ahead of the summer window. The Eagles eye the Marseille forward as a replacement for Michael Olise, with the French side open to letting him leave for around £15 million.
Crystal Palace want Iliman Ndiaye
Iliman Ndiaye was a driving force at Sheffield United last season when his 14 goals and 11 assists fired them to promotion back to the Premier League. Marseille made a decent enough offer for the Blades to consider, which they accepted and allowed the 23-year-old to move.
Things have not gone well in Ligue 1 for Ndiaye, as he’s not even come close to replicating his form of last season. A solitary goal and three assists in 17 Ligue 1 games have not done him a world of good, as Marseille are contemplating a £15 million sale of the former Sheffield United star.
Crystal Palace were interested in January, although they have retained their admiration and have made a firm enquiry for Ndiaye ahead of the summer. The Eagles are anticipating some changes to their attacking setup, with the future of Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze under particular doubt.
The latter has prominent suitors, and so does Olise, with the Manchester Clubs set to battle for his signature. There’s a considerable chance Palace would sell for their price and consider Ndiaye a replacement for Olise. While the 23-year-old can play a wide role, there are doubts whether he can replicate the Palace winger correctly.
Ndiaye more of a Eze replacement
Looking at Ndiaye’s positions for Marseille, he does not seem like a replacement for Olise but more for Eze. The latter has considerable interest coming in the summer, and despite talk of a new contract with Crystal Palace, he might move on to a more significant challenge.
Hence, looking at Ndiaye and where he tends to play, Palace should consider him as a replacement for Eze. Olise is also expected to leave, but the Eagles should target someone with similar output to replace the French winger, and that cannot be Ndiaye.