Eagles could swoop for former Gunner
Crystal Palace are exploring the possibility of signing former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini.
Flamini, who made 246 appearances over his two spells at Arsenal, and his representative have spoken to Palace, Roma, Olympiakos and another of the Frenchman’s former clubs, Milan, over a potential full-time contract and is currently weighing up his options.
Alan Pardew had made it clear he wanted to sign a replacement for the departed midfielder, Mile Yedinack, before the transfer window closed on Wednesday evening. However, all transfer persuits, including moves for Jack Wilshere, James McCarthy and Tomás Rincón, couldn’t be pulled off.
Flamini made 24 appearances for Arsenal last term, the last of which came in a 3-1 Champions League knockout defeat against Barcelona at Camp Nou in March, and had been expected to join the Turkish club, Caykur Rizespor, earlier in the summer. Yet the 32-year-old would offer Palace another experienced body in midfield as Pardew seeks to evolve his team’s style of play. The Eagles submitted a 24-man squad list to the Premier League on Thursday, leaving them one slot available which could be filled by a free agent if terms can be agreed.
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10