Life after Aaron Wan-Bissaka means that Crystal Palace are now on the lookout for a new right-back and whilst plenty of column inches have been devoted to a potential move for Norwich City youngster Max Aarons, Palace are now being tipped to go for Atalanta full-back Tim Castagne.
The Belgian international is still just 23 and has had eyes drawn to him across Europe throughout the 2018/19 campaign thanks to the exploits of he and his teammates in Serie A. The Bergamo based outfit managed to secure an astounding third placed finish in the Italian top flight, ensuring a wild ride in the campaign to come, not that it’s completely blown away our chances of landing Castagne if we play our cards right.
According to Tim’s father, who spoke about his son’s immediate future earlier in the window, the Premier League has always been the dream location from a footballing perspective, with the standard of opposition from week to week potentially trumping a single Champions League campaign with Atalanta. It’ll take some deft negotiating from those behind the scenes at Palace to secure the full-back for a fee that still represents value for money on our part but it’s good to know the door hasn’t been slammed in our faces from the very start.
Capable of playing on the right or left side of the field (albeit he prefers the former of the two) Castagne would give Roy Hodgson peace of mind over the right-back slot after losing a generational talent in Wan-Bissaka. It would be foolish of us to try and replicate what he had in him with a new signing (they simply don’t exist) but the Belgian would certainly excite many at Selhurst Park from the moment he stepped foot in south London.
Atalanta may flatly refuse to play ball with us from the moment an official offer goes in, given the prospect of participating at European football’s top table next term but there’s certainly no harm in us testing the water.