Crystal Palace are in talks with Schalke over a royalty for Ozan Kabak but face competition from several other clubs to sign the Turkish defender, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Liverpool.
Patrick Vieira is keen to add more depth to his squad after signing England Under-21 defender Marc Guehi from Chelsea and believes Kabak could thrive in the Premier League if given regular opportunities. Liverpool have rejected the possibility of signing the purchase of the 21-year-old for an initial £ 18million after making 13 appearances last season, with Ibrahima Konaté having been bought from RB Leipzig instead.
Schalke – relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in over 30 years last season – is believed to accept a much lower fee of around £ 10-12million for Kabak even though he has three years on his contract . There is interest from German and Spanish clubs, although it is understood that Leicester are not targeting him despite reports that the former Galatasaray and Stuttgart player may team up with Turkish teammate Caglar Soyuncu under the direction of Brendan Rodgers.
Palace have also expressed interest in signing Conor Gallagher from Chelsea despite withdrawing from a loan for the England Under-21 midfielder last summer when they chose to borrow Michy Batshuayi instead. Celtic forward Odsonne Édouard, who worked with new Palace development coach Saïd Aïgoun at the Paris Saint-Germain academy, is another potential target.
Gary Cahill is one of the remaining members of last season’s squad who is expected to be offered a new contract following the departures of Andros Townsend and Wayne Hennessey.