Only yesterday, we covered a story from The Guardian’s Ed Aarons which suggested that Crystal Palace were unlikely to make a move for 19-year-old Toulouse keeper Alban Lafont this summer but now, the man himself has spoken of his desire to leave the Ligue Un outfit.
Having first broken into the side aged just 16, Lafont has spent three years in the Toulouse first-team and following their narrow escape from a drop into the second tier in the campaign just gone, it seems as though he’s keen to move on to bigger and better things before the new season gets underway, opening the door for Palace to reignite their interest once more.
Towards the end of May, L’Equipe reported that Palace had contacted the teenage stopper on numerous occasions ahead of a potential switch and had even offered him a guarantee of the number one spot at Selhurst, were he to put pen to paper. Unsurprisingly, the news outlets operating on this side of the channel were quick to pour cold water on such a suggestion, given the imminent arrival of Getafe number one Vicente Guaita but even so, it was a story which planted a seed in plenty of Palace fans minds.
Now, roughly a week on from those initial reports, we’ve heard from the man himself about his seemingly imminent departure from Toulouse, with the quotes he’s given making reference to the need for any move to include a guarantee of number one status. Does that mean our chances of signing him are dead in the water? On the face of it you’d think so but I’m sure there is still some hope of convincing the Frenchman to sign on the dotted line from those behind the scenes in SE25.
PSV Eindhoven are also rumoured to be keen on Alban, a move which would give him European football at a club who are likely to be in the title shake-up year after year. Whilst that may seem like the more obvious next step for him at first glance, nothing has been confirmed by the player or his club just yet.
Watch this space.