Crystal Palace have announced the departure of Scott Dann amid reports suggesting the Premier League veteran could be on his way to Leicester City, via the club’s official Twitter account.
The FA Cup holders may be closing in on an impressive £15 million deal for Southampton giant Jannik Vestergaard but that doesn’t mean their defensive rebuild will be finished.
Vestergaard’s arrival is a more than welcome one, coming just a week after Wesley Fofana – arguably the most talented young centre-half in the whole division – was ruled out until 2022 after breaking his leg in a pre-season friendly with Villarreal.
Jonny Evans continues to struggle with injury issues of his own.
Meanwhile, Wes Morgan’s retirement at the end of last season means that, with their Premier League opener against Wolves just 48 hours away, Caglar Soyuncu is the only natural senior centre-half option on Brendan Rodgers’ books.
So while Dann would hardly be a long-term solution, the 34-year-old could be an effective sticking plaster, someone capable of coming in and ‘doing a job’ for a couple of months.
What’s more, Dann would arrive with more than 200 top-flight appearances under his belt.
Dann could solve set-piece problems at Leicester
Standing at 6ft 2in and averaging 6.2 clearances per game across a decade in the Premier League, a player with his vast experience and aerial prowess could go a long way to solving Leicester’s problems at set-pieces too (WhoScored).
The Foxes conceded 12 goals from free-kicks and corners in 2020/21 – only five Premier League teams let in more.
Earlier this week, The Athletic reported Leicester had looked into the idea of bringing Dann to the King Power Stadium.
And, with Crystal Palace making his departure official after weeks of uncertainty, the battle-scarred free agent is unlikely to be without a club for long.
“Scott has been a magnificent player and club servant since 2014. I’d like to personally thank him for his immense contribution and professionalism over the years,” chairman Steve Parish told the club’s official website.
“Scott was a great leader on the pitch and served the club as captain during his time with us. He leaves with the utmost respect of everyone at the club – and we wish him well for the future.”