Crystal Palace’s efforts to lure Inter Milan striker Eder away from the San Siro haven’t exactly gone swimmingly to date and now, reports are suggesting that the Eagles’ formal offer for the Italian international has been turned down by the Serie A outfit.
Having been told that Palace officials were in Milan to speak directly to Inter’s representatives over a possible deal for Eder yesterday, claims broadcast on Italian TV suggest that our offer of an initial €3 million loan fee with a further €8 million option to purchase the frontman in the summer didn’t float his current employers’ boat, leaving us at something of a dead end.
Whilst the Brazilian-born Eder is unquestionably extremely talented, his form has fallen off a figurative cliff over the last 12 months, which when put alongside his age (31) and his seemingly lukewarm feelings on joining us at all, makes me a tad apprehensive for any deal that we do manage to strike with The Black and Blues.
Of course, he could thrive in a new environment and end up looking like the signing of the century if he performs at his full potential but given the fact that he has spent the last 13 years in Italy, I’d be a tad apprehensive about the chances of him finding his feet in the English game immediately. Whilst his hard-working style of play suits the Premier League on the face of things, theory and reality are two separate beasts, meaning that any move for him would come with an element of risk attached.
I have to say, I’m far more comfortable with the prospect on an initial loan being coupled up with a pre-agreed purchase option in the summer but if the aforementioned report is accurate, we’re on a hiding to nothing with Inter by suggesting an agreement of that nature.
I would imagine there’s at least one or two more twists and turns to come from this story, so we’ll wait and see where it leads.