Manchester United have reportedly set their sights on Crystal Palace star Marc Guehi for a potential acquisition in the upcoming transfer window, according to The South London Press via Football365.
After making the switch from Chelsea to Palace in 2021 with a transfer fee of £20m, Guehi has donned the Palace jersey 91 times, also earning the captain’s armband under the tutelage of manager Roy Hodgson.
Though the talented 23-year-old’s contract with Selhurst Park is slated to last until 2026, there were rumblings of interest from clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea last summer. While Chelsea doesn’t possess a buyback provision, they do retain the right to match any accepted bid for the defender.
Now, based on information from The South London Press, Manchester United has joined the fray, monitoring Guehi’s progress closely, with eyes on potentially ushering him to Old Trafford.
Last summer saw Guehi’s valuation pegged at a staggering £60m by Palace.
However, insights from transfer expert Dean Jones suggest that the club envisions his worth spiking to the tune of £100m, particularly after his recent appearances for the English national team, led by Gareth Southgate.
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones emphasised, “The fact that he’s proving himself on the international stage is crucial for his career trajectory. With the kind of matches he’s accumulating in the Premier League, this global exposure is invaluable. Crystal Palace always viewed him as a future representative of England on the international circuit, and his youth means his valuation could soar to £100m, especially given the current state of the transfer market.”
Roy Hodgson, who has overseen Guehi’s remarkable rise at Palace, couldn’t help but heap praise on the young defender.
Addressing the media, Hodgson stated, “His commitment to enhancing his game is evident. Despite the tremendous strides since his Chelsea stint, he’s hungry for more, which is commendable. Essentially, he embodies the qualities of a quintessential centre-back – speed, defensive acumen, and a flair with the ball. As I envision the ideal central defender, Guehi checks most boxes. It’s now his journey, with the support of his peers, to further augment his skills.”