Palace’s Deal For La Liga Star Is “Done” – There’s No Need To Stress

0 Posted by - May 16, 2018 - News

Despite the fact that Vicente Guaita signed a pre-contract agreement with Crystal Palace shortly after the end of January’s transfer window, plenty within the Eagles fan-base have remained sceptical over the chances of him ever actually arriving in SE25. Thankfully, one man who does have absolute certainty over the water-tight nature of the deal is The Guardian’s Dominic Fifield.

After failing to reach an agreement with Getafe regarding the “transfer” of Guaita at the start of 2018, it made logical sense for the club to tie the keeper down to a pre-contract agreement ahead of his contract in Spain expiring this summer. Inevitably, the months since have led some to fret over the chances of the deal not going through but in reality, the former Valencia man is now legally obliged to join us at the start of July.

Almost all of our fans’ uncertainty stems from regular reports in Spanish sporting newspaper “AS” which have claimed that Atletico Madrid have an interest in luring Guaita away from his arrangement with Palace; a story that seems to completely ignore that contractual agreement the stopper has already reached with Roy Hodgson and co. It’s not logical but as many of us know, it’s difficult to ignore something when it crops up regularly in news-cycles over the span of a few months.

In truth, Palace supporters are probably allowing the scars they picked during Steve Mandanda’s failed transition from Marseille to impact their thoughts and fears ahead of Vicente Guaita’s imminent move across the continent. The Frenchman and his family never truly settled in SE25, leaving the club with no option but to revert to the use of Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni once more.

Hopefully, this summer will see Guaita hit the ground running at Palace ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, giving Roy Hodgson the sort of upgrade necessary to harbour serious hopes of a top half finish a year from now.

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