We may still be waiting for Crystal Palace to officially announce the signing of 35-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri but according to the tweet you can see below, everything has been signed and sealed already.
Diego Cavalieri foi desligado do Fluminense cerca de 1 semana depois do São Paulo contratar Jean. Hoje ele assinou com o Crystal Palace. pic.twitter.com/6KI4Hc4oSL
— Caio Felix (@OCaioFelix) February 28, 2018
After the month-long saga between ourselves and Getafe regarding stopper Vicente Guaita, not to mention our failed Deadline Day attempt to bring in Brondby number one Frederick Ronnow, Palace were struck by the news that back-up keeper Julian Speroni had suffered a ligament injury a few weeks ago, leaving only Wayne Hennessey and Dion-Curtis Henry available in between the sticks.
With that in mind, the thoughts of Roy Hodgson and the club’s scouts turned towards securing a short-term solution, with former Fluminese man Diego Cavalieri seen as the perfect man to fill the void between now and June.
The Palace gaffer already had direct knowledge of what Diego could bring to the table having worked with him when the pair were at Liverpool together back in 2008 and whilst the then 25-year-old couldn’t dislodge the enormously talented Pepe Reina from the number one slot at Anfield, his professionalism and general quality clearly stuck in Roy’s mind over the years that followed.
Since his stint on Merseyside, Cavalieri has gone on to have an extremely successful spell as Fluminese’s number one, performing so well during his time on their books that he was given three appearances in Brazil’s national team between 2012-13.
Obviously, he’s now in the twilight of his career but you don’t win a Brazilian First Division title (2012) or the award for Goalkeeper of the Year by luck alone, making him a perfect pick-up for Roy and the coaching staff during what is a hugely tricky period for the football club in terms of our weekly selections.
Quite how long we’ll have to wait for the club to officially announce his arrival is anyone’s guess but judging by the pictured above, you’d assume it’s just a case of us having to wait for international clearance before the big reveal.
Whilst he’s unlikely to jump above Wayne Hennessey in the time he’s set to spend with us, you simply cannot be 100% sure of Roy Hodgson’s plans. Diego’s certainly got more than enough pedigree to make an impact at Selhurst Park.
We shall wait and see.