The Dutch news outlet who first broke the story of Crystal Palace’s interest in Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald are today claiming that the deal has now been completely finalised.
The summer transfer window has taken a little while to spark fully into life for Palace fans, who’ve been forced to wait patiently for new manager Frank de Boer to gain a cohesive understanding of the players at his disposal but now, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek having arrived on a season-long loan from Chelsea and Riedewald also coming through the door, the Eagles’ transfer plans are starting to pick up a head of steam.
You would imagine that three or four other players will be on their way to Selhurst Park before the window closes, with a goalkeeper and a striker looked upon by most supporters as a priority but for now, the signing of Riedewald can be seen as a significant step in the stylistic shift de Boer will look to implement during his time in SE25.
Still just 20 years old, Jairo has all the time in the world to learn his trade, utilising his already outstanding passing range and comfort in possession to slot neatly into Palace’s existing defensive structure. Of course, his age may work against him from time to time as he battles to get to grips with the fast-paced, rough and tumble nature of the Premier League but having proven himself to Frank de Boer during the time they shared together at Ajax, I have every faith in the Netherlands international performing well over the course of the 2017/18 campaign.
The wording of the article attached above is as certain as I’ve ever seen prior to an official announcement being made by the club in question, suggesting that it’s just a matter of time until we hear something from Palace on the subject.
It looks like we’ve got our man.