Crystal Palace may announce the signing of an 18,000-a-week player today, according to a journalist

Crystal Palace may announce the signing of an 18,000-a-week player today, according to a journalist ...

Crystal Palace are close to agreeing to signing Bayern Munich forward Chris Richards, according to you.

The deal has progressed quite swiftly over the past week, with the south Londoners initially agreeing personal terms with the 22-year-old before holding discussions with Bayern Munich about a fee.

According to the BBC, the fee has now been set at 8.5 million, and the Eagles may announce the arrival of United States internationals today if Manuel Veth is to be trusted.

Veth claims that a source has told him that Crystal Palace might announce Richards as early as today.

According to a source, Chris Richards might be announced as early as Wednesday at Crystal Palace. The #USMNT defender could cost up to 20 million, with 40% likely going to FC Dallas. #DTID are expected to receive up to 8 million, making Richards one of the most costly MLS transfers.

The Athletic claims that the 18,000-a-week defender will go to London for a medical with the Premier League club before signing a five-year contract.

After going on loan at TSG Hoffenheim last season, Richards has earned a significant move to England's top-flight, demonstrating his versatility to play anywhere along the backline.

Patrick Vieira is expected to use a five-man backline next season with wing-backs, giving Crystal Palace plenty of flexibility to change their formation.

Crystal Palace have reportedly won a deal, whether it was Bayern Munich's need to raise funds after spending 68 million on Matthijs de Ligt, or Dougie Freedman's fantastic work.

Bayern Munich had hoped to reach an 18 million (15 million) total package, although as previously stated, the BBC states that the deal will only grow to 11 million if the 2.5 million worth of add-ons are activated.

Given the fact that Richards is just 22, he has experience in the Champions League as well as the ability to play in numerous roles, this is a fantastic deal for the south Londoners.

Keep an eye on this situation, as the agreement might come into force later today.

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