Most paper talk regarding Crystal Palace’s transfer plans this January has revolved around the club’s hope of landing a new striker but according to reports in Italy, the Eagles are looking to tie up a deal for highly rated Brazilian goalkeeper Lucas Perri too.
The 21-year-old is currently on São Paulo’s books but is known to be the subject of heavy interest from Serie A with the likes of Fiorentina and Sampdoria being mentioned alongside the south Londoners as potential suitors. Indeed, the same report that mentions Palace as Perri’s possible destination suggests that Fiorentina have already lodged a bid of €2.5 million for the youngster.
With both Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey having performed well so far this season, you may wonder why Palace would be in the market for another stopper but with Roy Hodgson known to be a manager who prefers to have three first-team keepers on the books at all times and 39-year-old Julian Speroni set to reach the end of his current contract over the summer, it’s a deal that would make a great deal of sense.
Having already been selected on numerous occasions for the Brazil U20 side, there’s no doubting Perri’s potential and whilst specific details over Palace’s interest are sparse, the Italian newspaper which brings us news of the Eagles’ intentions claim that an offer of some sort has already been made by Roy Hodgson and co.
He may not be the sort of name that gets fans excited immediately but a deal of this nature would represent an impressive level of forward thinking from our recruitment team. Personally, I’m all for it.