Ndiaye, who made a high-profile move from Sheffield United to Marseille last summer for a reported transfer fee of 17 million euros, has experienced a challenging period with the French club, featuring in 23 games and finding the back of the net on one occasion.
Despite his promising start at Sheffield United, Ndiaye’s time at Olympique Marseille has been marked by a struggle for consistent playing minutes since his arrival in August. This has prompted the London-based club, Crystal Palace, to express interest in securing his talents for their squad.
However, negotiations for the potential transfer are complicated by the fact that Iliman Ndiaye is currently in Ivory Coast as part of the Senegal national team for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). This geographical distance poses a challenge for Crystal Palace as they aim to reach an agreement with Olympique Marseille amid Ndiaye’s commitments to the international tournament.
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Adding to the complexities of the situation, Ndiaye has been actively involved on the field during AFCON, representing Senegal in seven games and contributing a goal to his name. His performances on the international stage have only intensified the competition for his signature, with clubs like West Ham also expressing a keen interest in securing his services.
Interestingly, a potential return to Sheffield United has been suggested as part of the ongoing transfer discussions. The familiarity of Bramall Lane could serve as a conducive environment for Ndiaye to rediscover his form, making it an enticing prospect for both the player and the club. West Ham’s interest in the striker adds another layer of competition to the negotiations, making it imperative for Crystal Palace to navigate these talks strategically.
As the transfer window unfolds, the footballing world eagerly awaits the outcome of Crystal Palace’s pursuit of Iliman Ndiaye. The challenge of negotiating a deal while the player is participating in AFCON and contending with interest from multiple clubs adds a layer of intrigue to this potential transfer saga. Only time will tell whether Ndiaye finds a new home at Crystal Palace, returns to familiar territory at Sheffield United, or takes on a new challenge with Crystal Palace.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.