The last week or so has seen a number of reports linking Crystal Palace with a summer move for River Plate striker Rafael Santos Borré and now, there are quotes direct from the frontman’s agent about the prospect of him leaving Argentina.
Still only 23, Borré is seen as a relatively decent prospect at River and has a €30 million release clause as a result; this sum coupled with Palace’s historical status in the world game has led some to question whether or not the Eagles have the financial muscle to pull off a deal but with no other moves being spoken about in SE25, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that the club could make a play for the striker in the coming months.
Whilst he hasn’t been performing fantastically over in Argentina this term, there’s certainly potential in his game, should he move to a club where he feels comfortable. It goes without saying that south London would represent something of a culture shock to a young man from South America but we have seen plenty of players come over to England and adapt brilliantly to their new surroundings in the past.
There is thought to be interest in Borré from Brazil, Mexico, the MLS and the rest of Europe and whilst his agent wouldn’t discuss Palace specifically, “out of respect to the clubs” you would think that the prospect of playing in the Premier League was a rather big lure to a player of his age and pedigree.
Before we get into any discussions over Borré potentially viewing Selhurst Park as a stepping-stone to bigger things, it’s worth saying that he would need to do rather well to prove himself in red and blue first. His record for River is solid if not spectacular and with the lifestyle changes that come with a move to a new continent, it stands to reason that Rafael would need to be afforded a rather lengthy settling in period before we could expect to see him at his best.
Is it a risk worth taking for Palace? Only time will tell.