Crystal Palace have repeatedly sent scouts to watch Porto this season and last weekend was no exception, with Eagles representatives present to take in the Portuguese table-toppers’ 2-0 win over Feirense.
The always fantastic Sports Witness have been quick to pick up on stories linking us with an interest in Porto all season long but as of yet, it’s been borderline impossible to tell who exactly we’re keeping an eye on.
Plenty of news outlets have run with the suggestion that Héctor Herrera is the object of our affections but in truth, that’s nothing more than an educated guess based upon the midfielder’s stellar reputation and soon-to-expire contract. In this particular clash, Herrera wasn’t even on the field, being replaced by Spaniard Òliver Torres, who himself did rather well.
Given our specific needs ahead of the upcoming transfer window, I personally can’t see why a central midfielder would figure highly on our list of priorities but with no concrete leads on any specific names, speculation will always run wild. You’d assume the search for an out-and-out number nine would be well underway by now given our ongoing struggles in front of goal but at Porto, they seem to share the burden of scoring around rather evenly.
Sunday’s game, which was attended by scouts from at least 20 other top flight clubs from across Europe saw Felipe and Moussa Marega get themselves on the score-sheet. The latter shares the title of Porto’s current top scorer in 2018/19 with Vincent Aboubakar on four goals but it’ll be difficult to persuade Porto to part with either man mid-season given their ongoing title challenge. Every man has their price but we would do well to remember how easy it is to overpay for attacking talent when you’re backed into the corner time-wise.
Do you think we’ve been watching anyone specific at Porto and if so, who?