According to a rather detailed article in Spanish football outlet Marca, Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita has decided to accept an offer from Crystal Palace with a move set to be announced in the coming days.
The former Valencia stopper has been a bid hit with the La Liga club since joining and has conceded just 16 goals in 17 games between the sticks so far this term, prompting interest in his services from across Europe, given the fact that he now has just six months left to run on his contract in Spain.
Indeed, Getafe took the drastic measure of dropping Guaita from their starting XI for yesterday’s game away at Atletico Madrid, with his replacement, Emiliano Martinez conceding twice in 2-0 defeat to Simeone’s men. Whilst I am personally overjoyed at the thought of having a new keeper on our books, it’s not difficult to feel a little sorry for Getafe who, having won promotion last term, are currently situated in the top half of the table, thanks in no small part, to the superb individual displays of Guaita in goal.
A product of Valencia’s youth set-up, the 30-year-old spent spent 19 years of his life there between 1995 and 2014, at which point he bit the bullet and made the permanent switch to Getafe. Despite making more than 100 professional appearances for Los Che, he never really managed to establish himself as the club’s undisputed number one, even though an extremely successful loan stint with Recreativo briefly threatened to catapult him into a position of readiness for the role on a long-term basis.
Given the fact that both Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni are also in the final year of their deals at Palace, the proposed signing of Guaita feels like a vital one for the club, with all of us hoping that he can bring the form he’s enjoyed in La Liga with him to the Premier League from the very start of his time in red and blue.
Should things go well for him in England, Vicente could hang onto the number one shirt in SE25 for four or five years, affording those behind the scenes time to breathe where there hasn’t been any for quite a while. Having brought in Frenchman Steve Mandanda from Marseille at the start of last season, we were left mightily disappointed on every level, leading to hope rather than expectation over what Guaita may bring to the fold if indeed a transfer is signed off in the next few days.
Everything seems to point towards him being a truly safe pair of hands (pun intended) but you can never be 100% sure about a new signing until they have truly bedded into their new surroundings.
I’m keeping everything crossed.