Before going any further I feel compelled to point out that, although Tim Castagne has been linked with Crystal Palace throughout the summer transfer window, the source of the most recent news regarding the Belgian is The Daily Mail. This may well lead one or two of you to write it off as complete rubbish and I wouldn’t blame you; that said, for those of a trusting nature, the suggestion is that Dougie Freedman and Steve Parish are pressing ahead with negotiations for the Atalanta full-back.
Whilst it had originally looked as though the prospect of Champions League football, coupled with a new contract was going to enough to convince Tim Castagne to pledge his long-term loyalty to the Serie A side, the latest whispers emerging from Italy hint at the right-back and his current employers being some way apart over what they consider to be a reasonable weekly wage, opening the door for Palace after a summer of uncertainty.
It had seemed as though a reunion with out-of-favour Liverpool full-back Nathaniel Clyne was on the cards but with the 28-year-old sustaining an injury against Borussia Dortmund which is set to keep him out for the whole of 2019, Roy Hodgson’s Eagles have been forced to realign their focus, with Castagne still available and potentially open to a switch.
Not so long ago the 23-year-old’s rather went on record with the press to express his son’s long-time ambition to play in the Premier League and whilst, in the immediate future, the idea of swapping Champions League football for Selhurst Park may seem baffling, there’s no denying the shop window that playing for Palace would offer Castagne. Flourish in red and blue and it won’t be long before the big boys are calling; he only needs to look at Aaron Wan-Bissaka to see that.
I appreciate the lack of romance attached to pitching a new signing as someone who could well be looking at us as a quick stepping stone to greater things but with days not weeks left in the transfer window and just one out-and-out right-back on our books, now doesn’t feel like the time for Palace to get picky.