Vicente Guaita’s supposedly imminent move from Getafe to Crystal Palace has regularly been called into question by the Spanish press but yesterday, Eagles fans were given reassurance over the deal by sporting daily newspaper Marca.
After trying and failing to purchase the Spanish stopper during the January transfer window, Palace were forced to sign a pre-contract agreement with him prior to his Getafe contract expiring, but in the months that have followed, stories alluding to a potential get-out clause should we be relegated have appeared in AS, another Spanish sporting paper.
With Guaita having grown up on Valencia’s books before making the switch to Getafe in the summer of 2014, his name is well known to La Liga fans across the globe and for a short time a month or so ago, it looked as though Atletico Madrid may have had some interest in jumping ahead of us and stealing the 31-year-old from underneath our noses.
Thankfully, with the 2017/18 season now drawing to a close, it now looks as though Guaita will be swapping Spain for south London, in a move which Palace fans everywhere hope will prove to be far more successful than our failed link-up with Marseille regular Steve Mandanda two summers ago.
Whilst Guaita has never been given a cap by the Spanish national team, his consistency between the sticks has arguably been worthy of international recognition over the years. This season alone, he has kept a mightily impressive 11 clean sheets in 32 appearances, with his last outing away to Las Palmas seeing him pick up the Man of the Match award after keeping the hosts at bay in a gritty 1-0 victory.
Should he gel well with the likes of James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho (who are still yet to taste defeat when starting together at the heart of the Palace defence) we could prove to be a formidable defensive outfit next season, despite the previous wobbles over whether or not he’d ever actually arrive in SE25.