Yesterday evening, reports appeared in Turkey suggesting that Crystal Palace had agreed a £12 million fee for Fenerbache’s Brazilian-born defensive midfielder Josef de Souza.
The 29-year-old has been in with the Super Lig side since 2015 but despite being a first-team regular in Instanbul, it sounds as though Financial Fair Play regulations are forcing the Turkish giants into a sale they wouldn’t ideally be looking to make.
Capped three times for Brazil, Josef has had a rather varied career to date, playing for Vasco de Gama, Porto, Gremio and Sao Paulo before his move to Fenerbache snd now, the tough tackling midfielder could well be on the move again, if the reports are to be believed.
There is no doubt that Palace themselves are in the market for a player like De Souza, as they continue to search for a suitable replacement for the recently departed Yohan Cabaye. The Frenchman may have struggled to make it through 90 minutes on a regular basis towards the end of his time in SE25 but there was no denying his importance to the side’s tactical set-up from week to week under Hodgson, leaving us with no option but to find a similarly minded central midfield destroyer.
Nicknamed “The Warrior” by a section of the Fenerbache fan-base, there is no doubt over De Souza’s commitment to his teammates when he steps across the white line, being known as a player who flies into tackles with joyous enthusiasm whenever the occasion calls for it. That said, he’s far more than an engine in the middle of the park, with his natural Brazilian flair often showing itself through his attempted passing lines and desire to advance the play.
Right now, there’s relatively little in the way of concrete reports regarding his potential arrival but for a story that’s appeared out of nowhere, he certainly seems like the sort of man who’d fit in well at Selhurst Park. There may of course be one or two things to work out in relation to his work permit further down the line but for now, it’s just a case of confirmation whether or not there’s any truth behind the rumours.