Crystal Palace officials were spotted on yet another scouting mission to Portugal over the weekend, this time taking in Porto’s 3-0 home victory over Maritimo.
The Eagles have been regular watchers of Porto all season long but with the Portuguese press giving little away in terms of our actual transfer targets, speculation continues as to who our eyes are actually set on.
One of Porto’s goal-scorers on the day, Eder Militao has literally just agreed terms on a €50 million summer move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, whilst the rest of the group remain focussed on a potential league and Champions League double as the season edges towards its climax. There is an outside chance that left-sided full-back Alex Telles is of interest to us given Patrick Van Aanholt’s drop in form this term but with his game going from strength to strength in blue and white, I personally struggle to see us having the pulling power to land him in the summer.
A few months ago, there was some suggestion that central midfielder Hector Herrera was the subject of our admiring glances, given his solid displays and soon to expire contract with the Portuguese side but in the time that has since passed, little noise has been made to back that up. The 28-year-old had a good game in the middle of the park on Saturday as you would expect but in terms of concrete news regarding our intentions, there has been nothing to go on.
We could of course have been there to watch a Maritimo player but after looking through their squad, I’m struggling to identify any player who makes an obvious candidate to join us ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. Central defender Zainadine Junior has arguably been their best performer over the course of the current season but at 30 years old, there seems little chance of Palace taking a punt on him.
Who do you think we may have been watching?