The immediate future of Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita has been a story that has run throughout the January transfer window and now, it looks as though we’ll have to wait until the deadline passes to know how the land lies.
From the moment Roy Hodgson arrived in SE25, he made it clear that he was unhappy at the thought of only having two first-team goalkeepers on the books but over the last few weeks, the club have come up against a number of major hurdles whilst trying to secure the services of Spanish stopper Vicente Guaita from La Liga outfit Getafe.
Although I’m sure you know the story by now, the keeper’s “official” release clause is set at €8 million, not that it stopped Getafe’s owner from making a private agreement with Guaita upon his decision to join the club that a fee of €4 million would actually be enough to see them waving goodbye to him. In the period since, the club’s top brass have clearly had a change of heart over the potential fee and are now refusing to honour their arrangement with Guaita, leading to confusion over where we go next.
It has been reported in numerous places that Palace have an agreement already in place to sign Vicente when his contract with Getafe runs out this summer but even so, should Steve Parish bite the bullet and offer the full €8 million required to set the wheels in motion, Guaita’s current employers would have no way of stopping a deal going through, leaving them short and without the time necessary to replace him.
The Spanish system (which forces each club to give a player an official buyout clause) seems dramatically flawed from the perspective of an outsider looking in, not that I’ll be complaining if we do decide to stump up the fee necessary to bring Guaita to Selhurst Park.
It would seem a little odd to wait until Deadline Day to complete a deal that we’ve been actively trying to push over the line for a number of weeks but as we all know, the dominos seldom seem to start falling until the final few frantic hours of any transfer window.
We shall watch on with interest today.