Man United monitoring progress of Crystal Palace talent who could be surprise pick for England’s Euro 2024 squad

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According to a report from The Boot Room Football, Manchester United are among the top clubs closely monitoring the progress of Crystal Palace midfielder Adam Wharton.

Adam Wharton, 20, arrived at Selhurst Park in an £18m deal, with add-ons taking it to £22m, from Championship side Blackburn Rovers on the January deadline day, and after a difficult first game against Crystal Palace’s M20 rivals Brighton and Hove Albion, he has since gone from strength to strength. He has starred in new manager Oliver Glasner’s newly implemented 3-4-3 system, helping the Eagles register important wins against Liverpool, Newcastle United and Manchester United in recent times.

The England youth international’s impact and performances for Crystal Palace have piqued the interest of several Premier League clubs, with TBR Football stating that Liverpool, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur also keeping tabs on him. European giants such as Juventus, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund also continue to show interest in Wharton, who only made his debut for the England under-21 in March.

Now there is talk that the 20-year-old midfielder, who has bagged three assists in 15 Premier League games thus far, could be making a late dash for Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the 2024 European Championships in Germany.

The report adds that Crystal Palace would like to keep hold of Wharton, but chairman Steve Parish may find it difficult to resist sizeable offers that would see the club make profit on a player signed only six months ago.

Red Devil Armada’s verdict:

Manchester United definitely need to move on ageing stars such as Casemiro and Christian Eriksen and acquire a midfielder with a blend of youth and promise, capable of making an immediate impact on the starting XI without impeding Kobbie Mainoo’s developmental trajectory.

Adam Wharton, who was excellent in the 4-0 smashing of Man United at Selhurst Park last week, fits that profile perfectly. The Englishman has stepped up so quickly and adapted to the rigours of Premier League football seamlessly, and under our new co-owners INEOS, we should be prioritising acquiring talents like him.

Crystal Palace appear to be in no mood to cash in on Wharton but we must at least test their resolve with a sizeable bid in the summer.