A week or so ago it had looked as though Palace’s chances of landing Atalanta full-back Tim Castagne were dead in the water but reports over the weekend have hinted that the Eagles are still hopeful of landing the Belgian.
Earlier in the window, Castagne was identified as an ideal replacement for the departing Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who left Selhurst Park for Manchester United in a deal worth an initial £45 million. Whilst it would be impossible to replace the phenomenal academy product like-for-like, Castagne was seen as someone who could flourish in Palace’s counter-attacking system, whilst still being young enough to himself offer good re-sale value further down the line.
The big stumbling block potentially stopping a move was Atalanta’s qualification for this season’s Champions League, with the Serie A overachievers keen to keep hold of their best talent for the challenges ahead. Their plan was to tie Castagne down to a new long-term contract on more money than before but if reports are to be believed, the two parties are still some way apart in relation to the defender’s new weekly wage.
Earlier in the window Castagne’s father had told the press that his son had always dreamed of playing in the Premier League; a statement that came as a big boost to the Eagles and now, with all sorts of mixed messages coming out of Italy, we may have been tossed back into the race for his signature at the final moment.
Keep your fingers and toes crossed.