Guaita Linked With Barcelona, Napoli & Fiorentina – Palace Not Mentioned

0 Posted by - June 7, 2018 - News

The ongoing transfer saga involving Crystal Palace and Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita continues to get stranger and stranger by the day, with the Spaniard now being linked with moves to Barcelona, Napoli and Fiorentina.

Whilst the former Valencia man is known to have signed a pre-contract agreement with the Eagles at the end of January, reports across Europe have been linking the 31-year-old with a multitude of different clubs, with the stopper’s agent being directly quoted in one of the stories yesterday discussing links with both Serie A outfits.

Clearly highly-rated, the question now is whether or not Guaita himself is seriously regretting the decision to sign for Palace back at the start of 2018, with the stories linking him to anyone but the south Londoners hinting at a severe case of cold feet on his part. Of course, financially the ball remains firmly in Steve Parish’s court but the suggestion of a quickfire sale is now being floated before the keeper has even made his club debut.

Part of the the story linking Guaita with a possible move to Barcelona mentions a fee of €17 million being due to Palace, should the Catalans wish to make him their new number one, a sum which would go a hell of a long way towards enabling the Eagles to secure a suitable replacement for him (possibly Toulouse’s Alban Lafont) before the season has even begun.

Following on from the extremely messy end to Steve Mandanda’s failed move from Marseille, you do start to wonder if Palace have been cursed in their search to secure a long-term replacement for the likes of Julian Speroni and Wayne Hennessey. Back at the turn of the year Guaita appeared absolutely desperate to swap Spain for south London but ever since he put pen to paper on a deal, rumours linking him with other clubs have appeared on an almost weekly basis.

Ideally we’ll get some clarity on the situation one way or another before too long.

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  • terence carter June 7, 2018 - 7:37 am Reply

    if guaita wants out get rid.never was that impressed anyway.go for a goalie who knows the premership,not a flop like karus at liverpool.fabianski would be a great fit.has all the atributes we need.

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh June 7, 2018 - 9:42 am Reply

    Just shaping up to be another Mandanda. I’m more worried about Palace not sorting this HMRC issue and club’s silence on the matter. It just smacks of disorganisation and sends the wrong message to fans, unsettled players and prospective players.

    Finance worries also means a lot of selling clubs will want cash upfront rather than Parrish’s beloved instalment plans.

    Given we have had nine months to file and every other club in the Prem has done it, i think it is something more fans should be worried about.

  • Rhys Jones June 7, 2018 - 11:08 am Reply

    You cant help but be a bit concerned about this deal as it just keeps on rumbling on.

  • Tom June 7, 2018 - 12:31 pm Reply

    Sell him on if he’s signed but doesn’t wana play for us sell him make some quick money job done no point making him come to us if he doesn’t want to

  • Wiseoldowl June 8, 2018 - 11:23 am Reply

    Keep the faith! This is a very decent keeper, and all the better for no transfer fee.

    And don’t worry about the HMRC stories, storm in a tea cup. (All transfers are paid in instalments by the way – industry standard)

    • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh June 8, 2018 - 11:33 am Reply

      Yes, but selling clubs will be reluctant to accept instalments if the club is in financial problems. I imagine ti is creative accounting trying to find ways of writing off Sam, FDB and Pards pay offs but still would be nice to have it resolved.

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