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Crystal Palace seek Marc Guehi replacement as top clubs target £50m-rated defender

Marc Guehi

Crystal Palace are compiling a list of centre-back targets for the summer transfer window, Telegraph Sport understands, in another sign that England international Marc Guéhi is likely to leave the club.

Guéhi is likely to be one of the Premier League’s most in-demand players this summer, when he will have just two years remaining on his Palace contract. The upcoming window will therefore be Palace’s last chance to sell the 23-year-old for a significant fee.

Palace are understood to be showing early interest in central defenders in European leagues, with targets currently being lined up for potential summer moves.

Guéhi has been one of Palace’s most consistent and impressive performers since he joined the club from Chelsea, for £18 million, in the summer of 2021.

The expectation is that Guéhi will cost more than the £50 million fee – a club-record sale – that took Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Palace to Manchester United in 2019.

Telegraph Sport revealed last month that Liverpool are among the clubs interested in signing Guéhi, who has established himself as an important member of Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

United could rival Liverpool in the move for Guéhi, while the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have also previously expressed interest in the centre-back.

As reported by Telegraph Sport, United’s interest could depend on whether proposed sporting director Dan Ashworth, an admirer of Guéhi, is appointed at Old Trafford in time for the summer window.

Guéhi has played more than 100 games for Palace but has missed the last four matches due to a knee problem. He may miss up to eight weeks in total with the injury, which required surgery, but is expected to be fit in time for this summer’s European Championship.

New Palace manager Oliver Glasner is also in a battle to keep hold of Palace’s other two star players, Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze. As with Guéhi, both Olise and Eze have attracted interest from clubs in European competition, although both players have struggled with injury problems this season.

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