Crystal Palace are said to hold a serious interest in securing the signing of 24-year-old Santos defender Lucas Verissimo this summer although as of yet, the Eagles are not thought to have made a formal offer for him.
Primarily a centre-back who is also capable of playing on the right, Verissimo is thought to be a man in high demand as things stand and whilst Palace may have had a long-term interest in him, they’ll be forced to battle it out with all manner of other club’s if they are serious about winning the race for his signature.
O Crystal Palace (ING) surge como um dos interessados em Lucas Veríssimo, porém nenhuma proposta oficial chegou ao Santos até o momento.
Lucas Veríssimo 129 jogos pelo Santos e seu contrato vai até 30 de junho de 2022.
O Santos detém 80% dos direitos econômicos do zagueiro. pic.twitter.com/UFRvKYJvbP
— Roberto (@robertotsuehiro) June 18, 2019
Santos themselves are not overly keen to part with the defender but the presence of an €8 million release clause may well make his eventual departure from Brazil inevitable. Roy Hodgson’s men are apparently facing competition from Torino, Lyon, Spartak Moscow, Nantes, Stuttgart, Saint Etienne and Roma for Verissimo, leaving our chances of coming out on top looking a little slim.
There is also a spanner in the works when you look towards the defender’s potential difficulty in obtaining a work permit. Born in Brazil and playing his whole professional career there, the only way in which he’d be assured of gaining international clearance would be via caps for the national side but with those not yet secured, Palace may encounter a fair few bumps in the road when trying to sign everything off.
Known across South America to be a technically competent defender with an eye for a pass, there is no doubt confidence from Palace that he’d do well in the Premier League but even so, the culture shift, alongside the difference in the game’s style and pace on these shores could take some time to get used to.
€8 million seems a more than affordable fee but as things stand, the potential financial outlay is the least of the problems we’ll face in pushing a deal over the line.