Alongside the news that Crystal Palace have seen an offer accepted for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, it looks as though a deal for French goalkeeper Steve Mandanda is all but completed.
Whilst there has been interest in completing a deal for Mandanda (31) since January of 2016, few thought that Palace had the pulling power to entice the French veteran to SE25, but as you can see from the piece attached above, things sound as positive as ever before.
With three keepers already on our books, it goes without saying that one will be pushed away from the 25 man squad, (probably on loan) should Mandanda indeed sign on the dotted line in the coming days. Given the adoration our supporters have for Julian Speroni and the status of Wayne Hennessey as the Eagles’ number one last time, you would assume that the man to go would be Alex McCarthy.
As a club who have seen internal doubts over the quality of their first-choice keeper cloud their minds for the majority of the last two seasons, Palace fans and coaches alike will be extremely keen on the idea of Mandanda swapping the south of France for south London, where he would take up residence between the sticks as our undisputed number one.
Whilst some will no doubt suggest that a move such as this will be harsh on Hennessey given his own impressive performance at Euro 2016 to date, few could or should forget the turbulent ups and downs the Welshman endured in the Palace goal throughout the last campaign. Sentiment will never get you far in football, particularly when relating it to the man tasked with being your team’s last line of defence.
If you’re yet to get too excited about the very real prospect of Steve Mandanda joining his fellow Frenchman Yohan Cabaye at Selhurst Park, take the above article as a signal to do so.