Crystal Palace awarded to rival Atlético Madrid for Rayan Aït Nouri with prize money of € 35 million

Crystal Palace has to pay at least 35 million euros if they want to sign a summer contract for Angers left-back Rayan Aït Nouri.

The 18-year-old, who made his senior debut this season, was loosely linked to a move to Selhurst Park in January, but nothing came of speculation.

However, Le Quotidien du Foot reports that the interest is still there. It is said that "almost everyone" follows Aït Nouri, but it is Palace and Atlético Madrid that have shown the greatest interest.

Angers rejected a £ 30 million offer from a "top club in the Premier League" in January, but it is believed that £ 35 million would be enough to get a deal on the line.

Such a price proposal would be pretty brave from Angers. Aït Nouri will enter into the last 12 months of his contract this summer and has only 20 high profile appearances. So it would be extremely surprising if one side spent so much money on it.

A € 35 million deal would sign Aït Nouri Palace's record signing and exceed the £ 27 million the Eagles paid for Christian Benteke in 2016. Given the bad results of this deal – Benteke only scored 22 goals in 111 games – it's hard to see Palace tossing that kind of money onto an unfinished boy.

Still, Aït Nouri looked pretty impressive in these 20 games. He collected three assists this season before falling out with a broken jaw and helping Angers tenth in Ligue 1 before the game was interrupted.

He has sparked interest in both Manchester City and Manchester United, which are said to be the team that made a mystery bid of 30 million euros, and has already earned a place in the French Under-21 selection.

Ultimately, it's hard to see Palace spend so much on Aït Nouri unless Palace sells part of its current squad. They only spent about £ 5m in the summer of 2019 and spent most of their time dealing with loan deals and free transfers. So it doesn't look like there is a wealth of money that Roy Hodgson could play with.

West Bromwich Albion's Nathan Ferguson is believed to be another target. A move by the teenager in January collapsed due to failed medical treatment, but Palace is now said to be "very confident" to sign him for free this summer when his contract expires.

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