Yesterday, there was a suggestion that Brazilian international goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri was a possible free agent target for Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace and now, reports in his home country are backing up the claim.
With the Eagles desperately short in between the sticks following Julian Speroni’s knee ligament injury, it should come as no surprise to learn that the club’s coaching staff are frantically searching for a viable back-up to Wayne Hennessey, with Cavalieri fitting the bill in more ways than one.
Whilst he is well on the wrong side of 30 by now, there is no reason to suggest that he can’t act as an able deputy to Wayne Hennessey until Speroni regains full match fitness and Vicente Guaita officially arrives from Getafe in July.
Having already worked for Roy Hodgson when the two were together at Liverpool, Cavalieri will already have some understanding of what the English game entails and following an extremely fruitful six-year stint with Fluminese, will arguably feel more prepared than he did when he first came to these shores, regardless of his advancing years.
According to the above report, Diego is currently in London to negotiate, with preliminary talks between his representatives and the Palace hierarchy believed to have gone well. Admittedly, the keeper’s recent release by Fluminese is likely to raise questions over his suitability to the Premier League but those who watch Brazilian football regularly seem to feel that Cavalieri was let go because of the size of his wage packet, rather than a particularly steep drop in his capabilities in between the sticks.
Obviously, we’d all rather have the services of Vicente Guaita available to us between now and May but with only Dion-Curtis Henry to call upon as back-up at the time of writing, I feel as though we could do far worse.