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Crystal Palace competing with AC Milan in free transfer battle for ex-Newcastle flop Florian Thauvin

FLORIAN THAUVIN is a target for Crystal Palace as their hopes of landing Ismaila Sarr fade.

French wide man Thauvin is a free agent in the summer and the Eagles are keen to land him as part of their rebuild.

Florian Thauvin could return to the Premier League


Florian Thauvin could return to the Premier LeagueCredit: AP

Thauvin is interested in the Premier League but is also in pre-contract talks with Italian giants AC Milan – and they could offer big money.

The Marseille winger, 28, who had a mixed spell at Newcastle United, is looking for around £6million a year, which is stopping the chasing clubs from closing a deal at this point.

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Watford speedster Sarr is still Palace’s first choice for the position but his price will soar if the Hornets go back up to the Premier League.

If they fail to do so and have to cash in, Palace will renew their interest in the 23-year-old Senegalese star.

They offered £29m at the start of the season and would go in again at that valuation.

Sarr has also been linked with a move to Liverpool and Manchester United over the last year.

The rising star has played a huge role in Watford’s surge towards promotion this season.

Sarr has scored 12 goals including twice in their win over Reading which boosted their chances of an immediate return to the top flight.

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