Whilst most Crystal Palace fans have their hearts set on summer moves for Getafe’s Vicente Guaita and Brondby’s Frederick Ronnow, Ipswich number one Bartosz Bialkowski has now spoken about the possibility of making a move to SE25 over the summer.
As I’m sure you’re aware, the Palace hierarchy have a move already lined up a move for Spanish stopper Guaita, with the deal all set to go through at the start of the summer after we signed a pre-contract agreement with his representatives. Given his pedigree you would assume Vicente will take over as the club’s number one from the start of the 2018/19 campaign but with both Julian Speroni and Wayne Hennessey soon to be out of contract, we may well be in the market for another man to act as competition.
That extra depth could well be provided by Bialkowski who, after being on Ipswich’s books since 2014, may now be angling for a move to the top tier with the Eagles. Whilst his current deal is set to run until 2019, the Pole has been skirting around the idea of putting pen to paper on a longer contract with the Tractor Boys for a few months and has recently admitted that, whilst he would never force his way out of Portman Road, a move is something he would entertain if his current employers could come to an agreement with a potential suitor.
Given Ipswich’s non-existent hopes of making it into this season’s Championship play-off shake-up, it’s safe to assume that Bialkowski wouldn’t cost us anything north of the £5 million mark, which, although a tad steep for a keeper on the wrong side of 30, is probably around the sum needed to force Mick McCarthy’s men into agreeing a sale.
Although Bartosz’s quotes point towards him feeling hugely grateful to Ipswich for the role they’ve played in his career to date, the mere fact that he’s talking about interest from further afield hints that he may well be keen to move on in the not too distant future. As annoying as that may be for the Ipswich faithful, it’s a scenario we simply have to pounce upon if we are serious about securing his services.
We’ll keep you updated if anything changes.