Erdal Rakip’s move to Crystal Palace via Benfica has already confused a lot of people both here and in Portugal but now, A Bola has muddied the waters further by giving conflicting information about the midfielder’s long-term future.
Having already reported that Rakip has moved to Selhurst Park on loan with a €10 million buying option, they are also suggesting that Benfica see the former Malmö man an a potential successor to many of their current midfield regulars, leading to uncertainty over exactly where his future lies.
After trying to cancel his loan move to Palace at the very last moment following an injury to one of their first-team stars, they were forced to accept his departure but clearly, things still remain rather murky on both sides of the continent.
Of course, should Palace wish to exercise their option to purchase Rakip at the end of the current campaign, Benfica will have made a cool €10 million on a player that has never pulled on a first-team shirt but even so, it will be looked upon by many as a bit of a blow if they were indeed keen to integrate him into the side on a long-term basis.
Whilst plenty of media outlets have made reference to the existence of a purchase option for Rakip, I’m yet to see any official confirmation from either club along the same lines. Forgive me for remaining sceptical but after the last-minute hysteria that Deadline Day brought, I’m still not quite ready to accept newspaper reports as gospel truths.
Perhaps, after seeing the Swede bag a goal on his debut for the Palace U23’s against Charlton, the Portuguese giants are simply kicking themselves over the structure of the deal, leading them to vent in the press, but I for one would like some sort of clarification from official sources as to the exact make-up of the agreement in the not too distant future.
It’s been a story that has run and run but when it comes to Palace recent history in the transfer market, I can’t say I’m particularly surprised. Will it end in a satisfactory conclusion for us? Only time will tell on that front I’m afraid.