Since the arrival of Jairo Riedewald from Ajax, news of incoming deals at Crystal Palace has been almost non-existent but today, we are being linked with a move for Benfica wide man André Carrillo.
Whilst most Palace fans will tell you that a goalkeeper, right-back and striker should be at the top of the club's priority list this summer, a move which sees some genuine competition coming in for Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend can't be a bad thing. Frank de Boer has used Bakary Sako and one or two youngsters over the course of pre-season to supplement Palace's wide options but with the start of the Premier League campaign now less than two weeks away, a fresh face to put pressure on the club's first-choice wingers would certainly be welcomed.
Having started his career with Alianza Lima in his native Peru, Carrillo earned a move to Sporting CP in 2011, where he made 162 appearances over five years, scoring 16 goals in the process. It was in the summer of 2016 that André left Sporting for rivals Benfica but over the course of his first year with the Eagles, he appears to have grown restless and is now angling for a move to the Premier League.
Standing at just under six foot, the winger is an energetic and powerful prospect, preferring to beat his man once, get into a dangerous position on the flank and then cut the ball into the penalty area for a striker to attack, making a potential partnership with Christian Benteke rather exciting. He would offer a nice change of pace from the slippery stylings of Wilfried Zaha, whilst also adding more international pedigree to the Palace ranks ahead of what is set to be a season of change in SE25.
As I've previously said, the price being quoted for Carrillo is remarkably low given current market trends and if we can convince him to shy away from other club's interest in him, it would surely represent something of a steal for Steve Parish and his new man Frank de Boer.