Sørloth signed for the south London team on transfer deadline day for a reported initial £8.8 million (10 million euros). But that fee could rise to as much as £16.5 million (18.8 million euros, 141 million Danish kroner), according to Danish newspaper BT, which described the transfer as a 'crazy deal'.
“FC Midtjylland are being well paid for one of the Superligaen's most dangerous strikers. Absurdly well paid,” the newspaper wrote on Wednesday evening.
— Marcus Christenson (@m_christenson) January 31, 2018
Another remarkable aspect of the transfer is the fact that 22-year-old Sørloth, who has 12 caps and one goal for Norway, has only been at Midtjylland for half a season.
The Jutland club signed him for £300,000 last summer, with his previous notable high-level experience coming in the Dutch Eredivisie, where he scored just six goals over two seasons for FC Groningen.
But a total of 15 goals in 26 European and domestic games for Midtjylland this season was good enough to get the striker a move to the Premier League.
“Crystal Palace were willing to pay an exceptionally high amount to bring Alexander to [their] club, and we cannot reject a sale of that magnitude. As a business, we must show leadership and act responsibly in such a situation, and the sale gives an economic foundation and stability on which FC Midtjylland can develop,” the Danish club's CEO Claus Steinlein told BT.
“It's a dream come true to play in the Premier League,” Sørloth said following the transfer, according to the BBC.
“I've dreamt about this since I was six,” he added.
The striker will wear the number nine shirt at Palace.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) February 1, 2018