Crystal Palace is missing out on a free agent, but he has joined Franck Ribery instead

Crystal Palace is missing out on a free agent, but he has joined Franck Ribery instead ...

Junior Sambia, a free-agent defender, will not be taking him to the Premier League with Crystal Palace, who will sign him with Franck Ribery at Salernitana, in Serie A, instead, via Il Mattino.

Chris Richards may now play at right-back. However, whether or not he should is a topic for discussion.

With a contract agreed, the Bayern Munich defender is more comfortable playing as a centre-half than wide on the flank.

With Palace's Premier League opener against Arsenal just a few weeks away, the right-back position remains a source of worry among Palace supporters.

Le10 Sport reported earlier in the summer that The Eagles were looking at a free-transfer deal. Sambia left Ligue 1 club Montpellier in May.

Aber Sambia will no longer be sharing a dressing room with Wilfried Zaha.

Sambia: "I'm very blessed to be here and to tackle this new challenge."

The 25-year-old has signed a four-year contract with a Salernitana side that finished just above the drop zone last season.

Sambia adds, I'm eager to give everything and make myself available to the team.Serie A is new to me. Im glad to be here and I hope to repay the club's trust.

The objective is to finish as high as possible (in the table) and have a great season.I am honoured to wear this shirt and I intend to win as many matches as possible.

When Arsenal travel to town on August 6th, USA international Richards looks like a probable candidate to start in that ruthless right-back position.

Joel Ward and Nathaniel Clyne, two other options available to Patrick Vieiras, aren't exactly suitable for Crystal Palace Palace's aggressive front-foot strategy.

Palaces are reportedly similar to Neco Williams, but he has joined Nottingham Forest in a 17 million agreement. Academy graduate Aaron Wan-Bissaka has also been mentioned, but things seem to have gone quiet in recent weeks.

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