Over the last couple of weeks, reports in the Spanish news outlet AS have linked supposedly Palace-bound goalkeeper Vicente Guaita with a move to Atletico Madrid and now, the same publication are suggesting that the stopper also has offers on the table from Fiorentina and Napoli.
Whilst the Atletico story was written off as nothing more than baseless speculation by The Guardian’s London football correspondent and Palace fan Dominic Fifield a week or so ago, these fresh rumours linking the Gefate man with two possible moves to Italy hint that the player himself may not be completely sold on the idea of swapping Spain for SE25 once the current campaign comes to an end.
Having apparently put pen to paper on a pre-contract agreement with the Eagles at the end of the last January transfer window, suggestions surfaced soon after that there was a get-out clause in the deal, should we be relegated from the Premier League in May but with Roy Hodgson and co. sweeping Leicester City aside 5-0 over the weekend, it looks all but mathematically certain that we’ll be playing our football in the top flight for a record sixth consecutive year.
When pressed for an update on the situation by the media last Thursday, Roy Hodgson admitted that he was being guided by Dougie Freedman over the deal but gave no indication of any changes to what had previously been reported from our side of the fence. It could of course just be a case of the press stirring up trouble with no basis in fact but it does seem like a strange thing to report upon, unless there is a degree of willingness from the player himself to explore the possibility of a move elsewhere.
After the trouble we had with Steve Mandanda following his move from Marseille, this is starting to feel like Groundhog Day. Hopefully, it’s just a storm in a teacup but given our recent history with goalkeepers, it’s difficult not to feel a little concerned about what the future holds.