Whilst Spanish journalist Guillem Balague doesn’t exactly have the most stellar reputation when it comes to transfer gossip, his take on Vicente Guaita’s move from Getafe to Crystal Palace certainly seems to hold water.
With both Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni struggling to prove themselves as good enough to be a regular starter in the Premier League this term, it’s widely known that the club have been actively searching for a new man to step in between the sticks. It had looked as though they’d identified the perfect target at the start of January in the shape of Guaita but it the weeks since, his current employers have done all they can to make the transfer difficult for us.
The main issue surrounding a potential deal, as discussed in the video above, centres on the Spaniard’s “official” release clause of €8 million. Evidentially, shortly after agreeing to his current contact, Guaita struck a deal with the Getafe owner to say that he would actually be allowed to leave for €4 million, if a bid of that size were to come in. Now that said offer has been made, Getafe’s hierarchy are refusing to play ball.
With the 31-year-old’s contract set to expire in the summer, he’s free to take a medical and agree a pre-contract arrangement with Palace; an option he has taken advantage of. Now, we are left waiting to see if Getafe are willing to let him leave for nothing in June when the bid of €4 million still stands. Personally, I’m glad to see the club adopting such an aggressive stance in the market, even if it does result in us having to wait six months before Guaita is officially unveiled as a Palace player.
Clearly, there’s a real willingness on the part of Vicente himself to move to Selhurst Park which, provided we manage to avoid the drop, bodes well for the 2018/19 campaign and beyond. Keepers in their early thirties have a good four or five years left in them before a significant decrease in their abilities becomes evident, making him a relatively long-term prospect for Roy Hodgson and his coaching staff.
Ideally, Getafe will blink first here, all we can do now is wait.