REPORT: Palace To Steal Arsenal Transfer Target From Under Their Noses

1 Posted by - May 30, 2018 - News

According to reports in L’Equipe, Crystal Palace have been in touch with Arsenal-linked Toulouse goalkeeper Alban Lafont and have promised to give the highly-rated teenager the number one shirt if he agrees to a move in the summer window.

Despite his tender years, Lafont has already amassed more than 100 appearances for the French outfit and is looked upon as one of the brightest goalkeeping talents within the European game by a raft of scouts. Admittedly, were a club like Arsenal to make their interest in him concrete, you’d assume Roy Hodgson and co. wouldn’t stand a chance of landing him but by making what looks to be a decisive move so early in the window, it feels as though we’re attempting to steal a march on Unai Emery.

Having made his first-team bow at just 16, Lafont is reportedly keen to move on from Toulouse this summer in an effort to improve his all-round game; having met with the club’s hierarchy earlier in the season to discuss his exit strategy. Of course they’d love to keep him but having only just scraped survival in the top tier of French football after a relegation play-off with Ajaccio on Sunday, I don’t envisage Lafont being forced to sit tight throughout the 2018/19 season.

One potential spanner in the works comes in the shape of Vicente Guaita, who Palace have already signed a pre-contract agreement with. Whilst I see no harm in the Eagles having both Lafont and the Spaniard on the books heading into the new campaign, I can’t imagine Vicente being too happy about sitting on the bench at Selhurst Park, if the club have indeed promised the 19-year-old Frenchman a starting role in between the sticks.

With neither man having been pictured holding a shirt aloft at the training ground yet, discussions on team dynamics will no doubt seem premature to some but after two or three years of uncertainty over the quality of our goalkeeping options, it certainly seems as though the gaffer is working hard to stop the same dilemmas from occurring in August.

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4 Comments

  • Sally Bruce May 30, 2018 - 7:01 am Reply

    This comes just as Hennessey scoops MOTM for Wales, being singled out for praise by Giggs. When so much of a goalkeeper’s performance (as with a striker’s – Benteke take note), comes from confidence, is there a case for ‘better the devil you know’ ?

    • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh May 30, 2018 - 9:02 am Reply

      God no! Hennessey has a good game every 4/5 games. Most other games he drops a clanger or isn’t tested. Whilst he is an honest pro he is probably the worst No1 keeper in the league – Fabianski, Butland and Foster went down.

      A true No1 is needed to bring security to what is otherwise a very solid starting 11. Shame Lukas Hradecky moved on a free to Leverkusen as he seemed great at Frankfurt.

  • Paul May 30, 2018 - 8:07 am Reply

    Not an Arsenal transfer target but good luck, hope you get him..

  • terence carter May 30, 2018 - 8:47 am Reply

    just talk.and if true how ridiculous.2 foriegn goalkeepers,big mistake.u know it takes time to adjust.personally i feel wayne,deserves a new contract,even if only as bavk up.u wait and see,as always at this time of year.the men in charge will mess up.

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