Transfer speculation has been in short supply around Selhurst Park in recent weeks, but over in France, the Eagles have been linked with an extremely exciting move for a new keeper.
The French international stopper has been with Marseille since 2008, making a staggering 433 appearances for them since signing on a permanent basis from Le Harve. Initially joining them as an understudy to Cedric Carrasso, Mandanda had a huge slice of luck when the number one suffered a knee injury that left him sidelined for six months, paving the way for the Frenchman to impress on both the Ligue 1 and European stages.
Now 31, he hasn’t had a moment to look back, carving out a reputation for himself across the channel as an extremely capable, agile and adaptable goalkeeper, happy to shoulder the pressure of occupying the number one shirt for a club of real substance without enduring a drop in performance levels.
Internationally, Steve has an impressive 22 caps for France’s full squad, as well as 17 for the French U21s, with his performances in Marseille having cemented his place as the country’s number two behind Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris. Indeed, he is currently with the French players at Euro 2016, where his teammate Yohan Cabaye may well have been singing the praises of south-east London in between games and training sessions.
Make no mistake, a move that sees Mandanda swapping the south of France for SE25 would be viewed as a genuine coup for the club in the eyes of many casual footbal fans, given the excellent career he has enjoyed to date.
Whilst we wouldn’t recommend getting your hopes up too much just yet, the above report certainly comes from an extremely reliable source and is incredibly positive over the prospect of the aforementioned Mandanda making the switch to the red and blue of Crystal Palace over the summer.
Have a read for yourself and keep your fingers, toes and whatever else you can think of crossed.