Free transfers Palace could eye in the summer window
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Crystal Palace will be eyeing to improve for the next campaign and that will start with making big changes within the camp.

The saying 'be careful what you wish for' is not good enough for Palace fans as mid-table mediocrity is frustrating for a team who will be playing their ninth consecutive season in the Premier League next season.

A new manager will not necessarily fix all of their problems either, but there are several free agents available in the summer window that could bolster a Palace side that needs vast improvement. 

  • Florian Thauvin

The Olympique de Marseille star could be a key player for the Eagles in their major overhaul this summer.

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Palace have only finished in the top half of the table once since promotion and Thauvin could be the player to push them further up the table.

Thauvin had a indifferent time at Newcastle United a few years back, but he has massively improved and has made a strong comeback this season netting nine times and assisting seven times in 32 appearances.

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He is a great distributor of the ball and has the vision to create chances which Palace having struggled in that department in recent weeks.

Thauvin is good at set-pieces and can dribble past defenders. There is no doubt that he has the skills to excel at Selhurst Park.

There are also fears that Andros Townsend's place will be under threat if Thauvin is brought in, and when you compare the two, Thauvin is the better option in terms of attacking and creating chances in the final third.

The 28-year-old will believe that there is unfinished business in the Premier League and Palace could be the team to give the Frenchman a fresh start, if they can persuade him away from the grasps of AC Milan who are also interested.

  • Ezgjan Alioski

The Leeds United full-back could be a good swap-deal with Patrick Van Aanholt likely to move on at the end of the season.

Although, the likelihood of Van Aanholt going to Elland Road is slim, he could prefer Holland after interest from Ajax, and most recently Galatasaray, who have offered a three-year deal to the Dutchman.

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It is still an option that Palace could explore, especially with Alioski's contract talks for an extension likely to reach a dead end.

The North Macedonia international has been excellent under Marcelo Bielsa and could provide good backup for Tyrick Mitchell.

The academy graduate has just signed a new deal until 2025 with the left-back committing his future to the Eagles. 

  • Nikola Maksimovic

The Napoli centre-half is being trailed by Champions League contenders West Ham United but Palace have now entered the race for the 29-year-old.

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Maksimovic has been valued around €25m previously so he could prove to be a bargain for Roy Hodgson's men. Standing at 6ft 4, he would be a perfect fit in a backline that needs a lot of work.

Having played with Serbia alongside Luka Milivojevic, could persuade Maksimovic to the South side of the River Thames. His ability to read and diagnose an attack in the blink of an eye, as well as possessing spatial awareness, would be crucial to Palace's backline who have been leaking goals for fun this season.

  • Juan Mata

A very unlikely deal to be done, but an excellent signing if Palace can somehow pull this one-off.

Mata has proven for years that he is class in terms of assisting and scoring goals. At the age of 33, he won't lower the age of the squad, but he will bring much-needed quality in front of goal.

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The Spaniard has only made several appearances for Manchester United this season and it looks likely that his deal at the end of the season will not be renewed with Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Fred and Scott McTominay ahead of him.

Palace may have to start moving for the creative midfielder before the summer as former club Valencia have already approached Mata with Turkish club Fenerbahce approaching fast as well.

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It will take a lot of convincing and probably a bit of money in terms of wages to get Mata to Selhurst Park but he would be the bargain of the decade if he donned the colours of red and blue.

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