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Report: After talks over £17m fee, Palace have now agreed to sign Leeds target for just £9m

According to the BBC, Crystal Palace have now agreed an £8.5m fee with Bayern Munich for Leeds target Chris Richards. What’s the story? Well, it…

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According to the BBC, Crystal Palace have now agreed an £8.5m fee with Bayern Munich for Leeds target Chris Richards.

What’s the story?

Well, it seems as if Dougie Freedman – Director of Football at Selhurst Park – has been doing some negotiating with the German giants.

According to BILD – one of Germany’s biggest news outlets – the south Londoners were in talks to pay £17m for the United States international, who still has three years remaining on his contract at the Allianz Arena.

However, the BBC are now claiming that Crystal Palace and Bayern Munich have shaken hands on a deal worth £8.5m initially, with a further £2.5m agreed in potential add-ons.

In our view, that is a bargain for Patrick Vieira.

Richards will now undergo a medical with Crystal Palace, as personal terms were already agreed before the Eagles began negotiating with Bayern Munich.

The 22-year-old is said to be keen on the move to SE25, and the deal is now in the final stages.

That will come as a blow to Leeds, as Jesse Marsch expressed an interest in bringing his fellow American to Elland Road earlier in the window.

Southampton also wanted to sign the Alabama-born defender, so Ralph Hasenhuttl will surely be upset by this news as well.

Crystal Palace have moved to sign Richards after he shone during a season-long loan at TSG Hoffenheim last term, making 23 appearances in all competitions.

Crystal Palace beat Leeds to a bargain

In our view, Crystal Palace are getting a bargain here.

£8.5m for a 22-year-old, who boasts Champions League experience, six caps for the United States and three Bundesliga titles, is very good business.

Additionally, Richards can play anywhere across the backline, so Vieira is getting a versatile presence with plenty of room for growth in his career.

With all things considered, it is a brilliant deal for Crystal Palace.
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