According to the club statement released by Crystal Palace, they have completed the signing of Denmark international Joachim Andersen. The Eagles have secured the signing of the player after they paid €17.5 million to the French outfit, Lyon. Crystal Palace stepped up their efforts to sign Andersen from Lyon when Tottenham Hotspur also registered their interest in the defender. The club announced on its website:
Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Denmark international defender Joachim Andersen on a five-year deal. The 25-year-old centre-back joins Palace from Lyon after a competing in the Euro 2020 semi-final this summer.
What Joachim Andersen had to say about the transfer?
The Denmark international was happy about being the part of the best league in the world, English Premier League. He also mentioned about the project of Patrick Vieira and his plans for the future. Talking to official website of the Eagles, Andersen said:
I’m extremely proud to be joining Crystal Palace and to be playing in the world’s best football league. The management of the club and Patrick Vieira have given me very strong assurance that they know my qualities, they believe in me and want me to play an important role in the team. I have a very positive impression of Patrick from the conversations I have had with him, and I have heard nothing but great things about the manager, the club and its plans for the future
How Crystal Palace have fared in the summer transfer window?
The Selhurst Park-based outfit has done major acquisitions ahead of the crucial 2021/22 season. Steve Parish has appointed Patrick Vieira and have provided him four crucial signings ahead of the season. They have signed the likes of Marc Guehi, Michael Olise, Remi Mathews, Jacob Montes and Jaroslaw Jach. The new center-back will be a great addition to the team as he has experience from both Serie A and Ligue 1. He also featured as a substitute against Bayern Munich in the 2019/20 Champions League.
The Eagles will look to strengthen their attack after they were one of the sides that lacked flair in scoring goals. They ranked 15th in the league after they were able to find the net only 41 times. Can they excel under the new gaffer?