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.