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Report: Crystal Palace ‘scared’ star will leave for title-chasing club, get big pay rise

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Cheikhou Kouyate of Crystal Palace battles for ownership with Billy Gilmour of Norwich City during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Norwich City at Selhurst Park on December 28, 2021 in London, Brother. (Photo by Ryan Pierse / Getty Images)
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Crystal Palace are concerned about Cheikhou Kouyate’s future, The Sun (February 13, page 61) reports that there is a real ‘fear’ that the Premier League veteran could leave for the Middle East.

For the second summer in a row, Crystal Palace is facing the prospect of losing all its seasoned, experienced campaigners on a free transfer.

Scott Dann, Andros TownsendGary Cahill and more leave when their contracts expire in 2021.

This time, it could be Jordan Ayew, James McArthur, Jeffrey Schlupp, James Tomkins and the aforementioned Kouyate.

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Kouyate, a £9.5m signing from rivals West Ham United in London in the summer of 2018, have missed the last five Premier League matches while helping lead Senegal to Africa Cup of Nations glory.

The fact that Palace have failed to win any of those – the goalless draw away at Brentford on Saturday was the latest in an increasingly long string of poor performances – is no coincidence.

So no wonder some in Selhurst Park are concerned about life without their 32-year-old law enforcement officer.

Will Cheikhou Kouyate leave Crystal Palace?

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Valentino Livramento of Southampton is tackled by Cheikhou Kouyate of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton at Selhurst Park on December 15, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins / Getty Images)
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According to The Sun, Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad outfit is of great interest to former runner-up Anderlecht.

And Crystal Palace ‘fears’ that Kouyate will be lured away from Selhurst Park by a move to cash in on the Middle East.

Kouyate earns £65,000 a week at South London club. One doubts he would enjoy a significant day’s salary if he swapped Crystal Palace for a team currently flying high at the top of the Saudi Arabian Pro League table.

The Athletic announced that contract negotiations between Kouyate and Palace are currently underway. However, both sides are far apart as things remain stable.

Kouyate wants a two-year deal. However, given that he will turn 33 at the end of the year, Palace are looking to extend it by 12 months.

Senegal midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate (L) of Crystal Palace and Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes of Everton compete for the ball during the Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park in south London on December 12 year 2021. - LIMITED USE. No unauthorized use of audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or'live' services. In-match online use is limited to 120 images. Additional 40 images can be used in extra time. No simulation video. The use of social media during the match is limited to 120 images. Additional 40 images can be used in extra time. Not to be used in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Daniel LEAL/AFP) / USE LIMITED EDIT. No unauthorized use of audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or'live' services. In-match online use is limited to 120 images. Additional 40 images can be used in extra time. No simulation video. The use of social media during the match is limited to 120 images. Additional 40 images can be used in extra time. Not to be used in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / USE LIMITED EDIT. No unauthorized use of audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or'live' services. Online use in the match is limited to 120 images. Additional 40 images can be used in extra time. No simulation video. The use of social media during the match is limited to 120 images. Additional 40 images can be used in extra time. Not to be used in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)
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