Agent admits Crystal Palace want £4m star, January deal was ‘impossible’
Premier League Crystal Palace could renew their interest in Russia international Daniil Fomin after missing out on Donny Van de Beek at Everton, agent Alexander Manyakov has told Komsomolskaya Pravda.
Crystal Palace entered the winter market with a goalscoring midfielder in their sights. Imagine Patrick Vieira’s disappointment, then, when the window closed at 11 p.m. last Monday with no one arriving.
Aaron Ramsey opted for European football north of the border at Rangers. Christian Eriksen joined the Danish revolution in Brentford.
And Palace target Donny Van de Beek has opted for Everton as the Manchester United misfit looks to make up for lost time on English soil.
Reports from Russia have suggested the Eagles will make a move for the £4m-rated Fomin if their Van de Beek hopes crumble.
But, as Fomin’s agent points out, a deadline deal for the Dynamo Moscow ace was virtually impossible.
“Crystal Palace is watching him closely,” Manyakov says. “The team had their number one target – Van de Beek.
“Because they wanted proven quality, they wanted to take a player from the Premier League. But he moved to Everton.
“And taking a Russian on the last day of the transfer window is almost impossible. Because such a transfer is associated with a whole host of organizational problems; visas, medical examinations, contract signature, work permit.
“It’s very difficult to do in one day.”
Will Daniil Fomin end up at Selhurst Park?
Fomin, an attacking midfielder with a Frank Lampard-style penchant for making perfectly timed runs into the penalty area, has scored seven goals in 19 games this season.
The 24-year-old was also linked with Newcastle United and West Ham during the January window.
And Manyakov believes Crystal Palace could return sooner rather than later. Especially if Fomin helps Russia reach the World Cup final at the expense of Poland in the March qualifiers.
“Crystal Palace haven’t signed anyone,” the agent adds. And they said they would come back to the discussion for Daniil Fomin. The interest for him was concrete.
“(If he helps Russia reach the World Cup), that interest will double.”
“It’s very important that Dynamo enter European competition and perform well there. And national team games are very important for us now.
“If Daniil proves himself and the national team reaches Qatar, I think the likelihood of him leaving this summer will increase many times.”
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