Eberechi Eze has informed Crystal Palace of his decision on signing a new contract offer at Selhurst Park amid transfer interest from Liverpool and Manchester United.
That is according to TEAMtalk, which reports that Manchester United are on high alert after Eze rejected a new contract. Crystal Palace have moved to tie the midfielder down to a long-term deal with his current contract expiring in 2025. But he will not take the deal presented.
The Eagles are loath to leave themselves at risk of Eze going after seeing Wilfried Zaha move to Galatasaray. He has secured a free transfer to the Super Lig giant after letting his contract in south London lapse. Eagles star Michael Olise is also now attracting interest from Chelsea.
Crystal Palace offer Eze a new contract while his stock is high
Eze entered the off-season after a sensational run of form under Roy Hodgson that returned his England debut. Gareth Southgate introduced the maestro to senior international football in June. The London-born playmaker came off the bench in a Euro 2024 qualifier with Malta.
Southgate sought to reward Eze with his senior England bow after scoring 10 goals and four assists in 38 Premier League games. The attacking midfielder who can also play on the wing offered six of his goals and an assist in 10 appearances after Hodgson returned to the helm.
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Hodgson recaptured the potential he began to develop whilst previously in charge of Crystal Palace in 2020/21. Eze offered four goals and six assists in 34 Premier League games under Hodgson after leaving Queens Park Rangers for £19.5m. But he struggled with Patrick Vieira.
Liverpool could rival Manchester United for Eze’s transfer
Upon returning from an Achilles injury, Eze only offered one goal and one assist through 13 appearances in 2021/22. He would also only score four and create three from 27 outings in 2022/23 before the Eagles sacked Vieira. Hodgson almost instantly got Eze creating again.
His form for Hodgson convinced Liverpool to show an interest in Eze’s transfer from Crystal Palace, too, per Liverpool World. So, the Reds could now have to rival Manchester United to sign the maestro Geoff Cameron calls ‘graceful’ this summer after rejecting a new contract.