Crystal Palace’s apparent interest in Chilean defender Paulo Diaz has been given an extra level of intrigue after the right-back’s father confirmed that there had been discussions held with an English club over a potential summer transfer.
Currently on the books of Saudi Arabian side Al Ahli, Diaz has been attracting admiring glances from River Plate since May but with the Eagles supposedly well in the race for his signature, we could well see some movement over the next few days.
After selling Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United for an initial fee of £45 million a couple of weeks ago, it stands to reason that Roy Hodgson and his coaching staff would be on the lookout for a like-for-like replacement for the academy graduate and Diaz may just fit that bill perfectly.
Capable of playing across the defence, the 24-year-old is known to be most comfortable on the right and whilst the league he currently operates in isn’t exactly the strongest in terms of depth, his performances in the recent Copa America suggested that he’s more than good enough to flourish in the Premier League, if given a little time to adjust to the pace and style of play.
Palace have been linked with moves for Norwich’s Max Aarons and Atalanta’s Tim Castagne but with neither deal looking to be anything close to done as things stand, Diaz would seemingly represent a solid if somewhat unknown replacement for the outstanding Wan-Bissaka. It’s difficult to know what sort of transfer fee we’d be asked to shell out in order to land the Chilean but with his dad having commented, there’s clearly a sense of willing from their side of the deal.
Do we have a realistic chance of seeing Paulo holding aloft a red and blue shirt in the coming days? Only time will tell.