After reading a report in Marca which suggested that Getafe keeper Vicente Guaita was extremely likely to join Crystal Palace during the current transfer window, the story has now been backed up by another Spanish news outlet in the shape of Mundo Deportivo.
Whilst Guaita’s name may not have been one which leapt off the page for many Palace fans when they first saw it a few days ago, you’d be foolish to doubt the 30-year-old’s credentials after almost 20 years on the books of Spanish giants Valencia. Yes, Getafe may not be one of the most glamorous clubs you’ll come across in La Liga but if you do your research you’ll discover that Vicente has been one of the key reasons behind their success in the early stages of the 2017-18 campaign, prompting us to show an interest in him in the first place.
Having been dropped from the club’s last league fixture away to Atletico Madrid, it seems as though Getafe may well be preparing themselves for Guaita’s imminent exit, with the above article from Mundo Deportivo going as far as naming the current keeper’s likely successor in the shape of Real Madrid stopper Kiko Casilla. The 31-year-old is likely to be pushed further down the pecking order at The Bernebeu following interest from the champions in Bilbao man Kepa, making him the ideal candidate to replace Guaita at Getafe, should he indeed leave for Selhurst Park this month.
Clearly, in the eyes of the Spanish press Vicente is keen to leave Getafe and try his luck in the Premier League after an entire career spent on Spanish shores and with Palace now the only club being mentioned, we may well have stolen a march on Watford, who were also believed to be interested in a deal for him late last week.
This level of media interest in this transfer suggests that there is every chance of it coming off before too long with Palace supposedly having learnt their lesson from leaving things too late over the summer. Could Guaita be between the sticks for the visit of Burnley next weekend? I certainly wouldn’t rule it out.