Crystal Palace have now seen a bid rejected for Abdul Fatawu Issahaku – although Sporting CP are willing to sell.
That is according to Record.
What’s the story?
Well, the Portuguese news outlet believe Crystal Palace have submitted an €8m (£7m) bid for the Ghana international.
However, Sporting CP have rejected that offer.
Nevertheless, the Portuguese giants have not completely shut the door on Dougie Freedman.
Record believe talks are ongoing between Crystal Palace and Sporting CP, and the Primeira Liga outfit have asked for a sum of €15m (£13m) to sell the 19-year-old wonderkid.
That is a reasonable asking price given Issahaku’s huge potential – it is no surprise whatsoever to see us remain in negotiations.
Who is Crystal Palace target Abdul Fatawu Issahaku?
Following the news that Michael Olise is heading to Chelsea, you would be forgiven for not caring that much about an unknown teenager being linked with a move to Selhurst Park.
However, there are many reasons to be excited about Record’s story if the rumours are true.
The Ghanaian prodigy has been described as “the best African prospect of his generation” by the Guardian, who included Issahaku on their coveted Next Generation list in 2021, which also included the likes of Romeo Lavia, Gavi and Youssoufa Moukoko.
Furthermore, the Sporting CP No.18 has also represented his country at the iconic Africa Cup of Nations, which is quite the achievement at his age.
Issahaku seems to be our chosen Olise replacement, as he too tends to cut inside from the right flank on his stronger left foot, while he can also operate centrally.
Be sure to keep an eye on this situation, as it would be a very exciting move if Steve Parish and Freedman can lure Issahaku to south London.