According to Brazilian sporting publication Globo Esporte, goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri has now signed a contract with Crystal Palace but has been shocked at the length of the deal after leaving the negotiations to his brother.
The former Liverpool and Fluminese stopper had initially been hopeful of securing a one-year contract in SE25 but is said to have put pen to paper on a four-month deal which will give the Eagles adequate cover for the remainder of the current campaign, given the continued absence of Julian Speroni through injury.
At 35, Cavalieri was never going to be seen as a long-term option by anyone in SE25 but I can’t blame the man himself for feeling a little peeved at not getting a contract beyond the end of the 2017/18 campaign. Of course, from the club’s perspective it makes perfect sense but I’m not beyond showing a little empathy every now and again.
Whilst Diego is clearly being brought in as cover for Wayne Hennessey, the Brazilian’s pedigree within the game leads me to wonder about the possibility of him getting some minutes under Roy Hodgson’s guidance between now and the end of the season. Having already played under the 70-year-old during their time together at Anfield, where he was only kept out of the side by a prime Pepe Reina, there is chance that he’ll have climbed above the Welsh number one by May.
With the long-running saga involving Getafe’s Vicente Guaita still feasibly ending in the Spaniard making the switch to south London this summer, not to mention our obvious interest in securing the services of Brondby’s Frederick Ronnow ahead of next season, you would assume Cavalieri’s stay at Selhurst will be limited to months rather than years but for now, I’m willing to entertain the idea of the veteran hitting the ground running and becoming something of a cult hero for our fans.
Stranger things have happened.