According to a report in Spanish sporting newspaper Marca, both Crystal Palace and Watford are said to be interested in a deal for Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.
A product of the Valencia youth system, Guaita played a total of 114 games for Los Che between 2008 and 2014, after being promoted to the first-team squad following the retirement of Valencia legend Santiago Cañizares.
Sadly for Vicente, he was pushed rather low in the pecking order during the 2009-10 season and was forced to head out on loan to Segunda Division side Recreativo. Some would assume that a player with such high hopes at the start of his career would have sulked but instead Guaita won the Ricardo Zamora trophy (the keeper with the lowest goals to games ratio over a season) conceding just 24 times in 30 games.
After a 19 year association with Valencia, Guaita was sold to Getafe in 2014, where he was gone on to feature more than 80 times since but with his contract set to expire this summer, it’s feasible to assume that his employers may look upon a proposed fee of £4 million as too good to turn down in the circumstances.
In fairness, Getafe’s lofty position of 8th in La Liga (made all the more remarkable by the fact that they were only promoted last season) may well tempt them to hold off on a sale and risk letting the 30-year-old leave for free in the summer but from Palace’s perspective, I see little harm in testing the waters with an early bid for his services.
Given the fact that both Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni are set to see their contracts expire this summer, the search for a new number one is made all the more pressing. Could Guaita be the man, or should we be looking elsewhere?
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