Crystal Palace have been linked with a move for 35-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri consistently over the last week or so and now, numerous verified sports news accounts across Twitter are suggesting that he’s set to sign a deal with us in the next few days.
Almost every account putting out this new line on Cavalieri are referring to an article in The Sunday Mirror’s “Football Spy” column which claims that the veteran is ready to put pen to paper on a three-year contract but as regular readers of HLTCO will know, The Mirror’s sport department haven’t exactly got a stellar record when it comes to unearthing Palace transfer news.
Whilst it wouldn’t surprise me if Cavalieri does indeed sign with us in the coming days, this sort of story is a fantastic example of the speed with which whispers can be spread across social media off the back of a single line in a Sunday paper.
There is every chance that one verified account has tweeted the story back in Cavalieri’s native Brazil, prompting others to follow their lead without checking their facts in a bid to keep up-to-date, thus giving a false impression of the progress that is being made behind the scenes.
Obviously, with Diego currently unattached and Palace in desperate need of a competent back-up to Wayne Hennessey following the knee injury that Julian Speroni sustained in the build-up to our game against Newcastle, it’s a move that makes sense but the cynic in me refuses to put too much store by a sole report in a British weekend tabloid.
Yes, Cavalieri worked under Roy Hodgson briefly at Liverpool and would undoubtedly be keen to reacquaint himself with the Premier League after eight years away but until we see the story being reported as “close” by actual, well-connected journalists, it’s probably not worth getting too excited.
Keeping track of news surrounding a football club gets more and more complicated with every day that passes.