It’s been a story which has bounced around the sporting press over the last 48 hours and now it seems as though Lucas Perri’s move from São Paulo to Crystal Palace is set to be finalised with the 21-year-old having flown in to London for a medical yesterday.
The former Brazilian under-20 International will arrive at Selhurst Park with a bright reputation in his native country and a desire to prove himself in the Premier League, even though he is likely to find himself behind at least one of his new teammates in the pecking order when Palace’s goalkeeping cohort returns to full strength.
With the initial agreement between the two clubs being a loan, it’s difficult to know how much game-time Perri will be afforded in SE25 between now and May but I would certainly hope to see him tested out once or twice between now and the end of the season, should a feasible opportunity arise. Without a decent idea of how the young stopper copes with the stresses of first-team football on these shores, it’ll be bordering on impossible to know whether or not he warrants the outlay of a permanent fee in the summer; not to mention the fact that the man himself is hardly going to be sold on making the move a long-term one if he isn’t sure of getting minutes in the years to follow.
Palace’s move for Perri is one being made out of necessity first and foremost but ideally, it’ll prove to be the kick we as a club have needed to secure the well-being of our number one slot for the foreseeable future. With Vicente Guaita now 32 and Perri some 11 years his junior, the ideal scenario would see the pair of them sharing first-team duties for the next two or three years before the Brazilian takes over the reigns on a full-time basis.
As we all know, carefully made plans such as this seldom come to fruition but it’s nice to see the framework for such a path laid out in front of us as things stand. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long for an official announcement to be made by those behind the scenes at Selhurst.