Palace Linked With Eight-Figure Move For World Cup Breakthrough Star

0 Posted by - July 14, 2018 - News

He was one of the standout stars of Uruguay’s impressive World Cup campaign and now, Diego Laxalt is being linked with a move to Crystal Palace.

Instantly recognisable thanks to his lengthy braids, the 25-year-old was operating at left-back throughout Uruguay’s time in Russia, winning thousands of admirers thanks to his tireless work-rate and willingness to throw himself into tackles.

It’s worth noting that for his club side, (Genoa) Diego normally plays in a more advanced role on the left wing but happily adapted his game during the World Cup as a consequence of his country’s needs. Given that level of versatility, it’s no surprise to see Palace interested in signing him, even though there are seemingly a host of other clubs lining up to take him off the Serie A outfit’s hands.

The report which first gave light to this story names Benfica, Valencia, Wolfsburg and Galatasaray alongside Palace as just some of the teams who hold an interest in Laxalt during the current window, with Genoa set to ask for between €15-20 million to sanction a sale, given Laxalt’s growing reputation across the planet.

Every World Cup produces its fair share of breakout stars; it’s just the nature of the game and whilst many fall back into obscurity soon after, it’s difficult to see how Diego’s never-say-die attitude could see him flop were he to leave Genoa for bigger and better things.

Whilst the story makes a great deal of sense personnel-wise for Palace, (Bakary Sako’s departure leaves us worryingly short in wide areas) I can’t help but feel as though our name has just been floated in the Italian press as a way of pushing up the interest in Laxalt. If he is indeed set to cost close to €20 million, every story up until now points towards him being out of our price-range, unless we’ve found a miraculous loophole in the Financial Fair Play regulations over the last 48 hours.

I actually picked Diego out on Twitter as one of Uruguay’s star performers when their World Cup campaign came to an end at the hands of France, so I for one would love to see make the switch to SE25 but for now, this story has very little to suggest that it has serious legs from a Palace perspective. If that changes, I’ll do my best to update you straightaway.

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4 Comments

  • terence carter July 14, 2018 - 7:32 am Reply

    here we go again.any player with 2 legs we are linked too.listen we,l if were lucky get one player in.i think parish is waiting for the l.-cheek saga to be sorted.with kenedy going to newcastle,there must be a great chance to get ruben back on loan.here,s keeping fingers crossed.

    • Richard Glen July 14, 2018 - 11:41 am Reply

      very negative carter!!!!

      • Gordon July 14, 2018 - 5:45 pm Reply

        I saw it as positive, Richard – the hope of having Loftus-Cheek for another season. One player in or maybe two would be good. I know Terence doesn’t rate Freedman & Parish as our transfer managers. But it’s a difficult job and high risk. We’ve splashed more cash than we should in previous seasons. Cabaye, Benteke, Sakho. Big names, big transfer fees, big wages. FFP restricts us now. We’ve got to get used to the fact that we can’t afford the finished article but need to bring in and develop players with potential like Burnley & Bournemouth do. We also have talent in our development squad that needs to be given a chance. So I agree with Terence. One signing would be OK – although I’d prefer a couple – and definitely make all efforts to get Loftus-Cheek on loan for another year.

  • Gordon July 14, 2018 - 9:43 am Reply

    Couldn’t agree more, Terence. Chelsea, having been in limbo during their drawn out managerial change fiasco, are now at last able to deal. Sarri will no doubt be signing big names. I doubt he’ll gamble on Chelsea’s crop of youngsters in his first season so I expect there’s a fair chance they’ll be loaned out. Kenedy to Newcastle & hopefully Loftus-Cheek to us. I’d be ecstatic if this happened.
    The only way I could see us splashing out £10m+ for Laxalt would be if we were to cash in on the reported interest in Townsend. Tbh with the season just weeks away, I wouldn’t want to take such a gamble. I feel that any major outgoings would be too disruptive at this late stage. So I’m hoping that we’ll start the season with Zaha, Townsend & Benteke all on board. Plus Loftus-Cheek & a.n.other on loan. I’m delighted we’ve captured Guaita. A fit Wickham is like a new signing, and with one or two graduates from our development squad, that would do for me.

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