After reports surfaced yesterday about Everton potentially hijacking Crystal Palace’s attempt to sign Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald, a Dutch news outlet has claimed that the 20-year-old has chosen to reunite with Frank de Boer rather than move to Merseyside.
The transfer window has been remarkably uneventful for Palace so far, with the club’s new boss taking his time to fully settle into the role. After a couple of weeks with the players at both first-team and youth level, you would assume that he now has a good feel for where the squad is most in need of strengthening and has made the capture of Riedewald a top priority in the days leading up to our pre-season trip to Hong Kong.
Having been consistently linked with moves for the likes of Adil Rami, Thomas Vermaelen and Mamadou Sakho this summer, it’s no secret that the club are fully immersed in the market for defensive reinforcements and in Riedewald, they would be getting a young, adaptable talent with a huge amount of room for improvement in the years to come.
Whilst the lure of Everton and their newly deepened pockets would be too hard to ignore for a great number of footballers, the report attached above seems confident in the assumption that Jairo’s relationship with de Boer has been pivotal in helping him arrive at a decision, which can only bode well for the rest of the summer’s transfer activity from a Palace perspective.
Although I’m always the first person to preach caution in situations such as this, it’s difficult not to feel a little excited about what Riedewald could bring to the side next season if the deal does indeed get signed off in the next day or so.