Despite dozens of reports to suggest that Vicente Guaita will join Crystal Palace when his contract with Getafe expires at the end of June, reports in Italy yesterday suggested that Fiorentina somehow feel as though they have a chance of luring the Spaniard away from Palace between now and then.
As many of you will already know, Roy Hodgson and the club’s board of directors tried to secure Guaita’s services over the course of the January transfer window, only to be met with a huge amount of resistance from those above the 31-year-old in the Getafe pecking order. As a direct consequence, we agreed to let the stopper see out his contract with the La Liga outfit and instead got him to put pen to paper on a pre-contract agreement which will come into effect when his current deal expires this summer.
Clearly, that news hasn’t reached certain parts of Spain or Italy, with a variety of publications going public with reports linking Vicente to a host of clubs across the continent. A few weeks ago there was talk of a move to Atletico Madrid and now, there is a suggestion that Serie A’s Fiorentina have thrown their hat into the ring.
Some of you may remember the piece that was published on HLTCO just nine days ago, featuring tweets from The Guardian’s London football correspondent Dominic Fifield which gave us all complete assurance that Guaita’s move to Palace was locked up. I for one trust that information completely but it doesn’t stop me from feeling baffled as to why stories about Guaita are continuing to crop up around Europe.
Perhaps these publications are all blissfully unaware of the agreement the keeper reached with Palace in January? You’d think a quick scan of Google would set any European writer straight before going to press with an incorrect story; unless they simply don’t care about the truth and are happily to go ahead with the rumours regardless. Journalism in 2018 is a strange beast.