Real Betis midfielder Victor Camarasa is “living his last moments” with the Spanish club after further progress was made in talks regarding his potential move to Crystal Palace yesterday.
The 25-year-old is now so close to sealing a move to Selhurst Park that he didn’t take part in Betis’ training session yesterday for fear of picking up an injury and scuppering the deal at the last minute.
It’s a transfer which has come with its fair share of bumps in the road, first over Palace’s wish to loan the midfielder initially, then when talks stalled around the specific financial details and finally when Sean Dyche’s Burnley made a late play to secure his services but eventually, it looks as though Palace have ironed out all the creases, with an announcement expected today or tomorrow.
Having received a glowing reference from Camarasa’s former boss Neil Warnock following his spell on loan with Cardiff, it seems Hodgson, Freedman and Parish are pretty convinced about Victor’s talents. Could he prove key to unlocking the sometimes misfiring forward line at Palace, making us more consistent in the final third? I’d certainly hope so and at a decent age, there is both room for improvement and resale value, should he shine incredibly brightly in red and blue.
How we’ll use him is something no one can be 100% sure on at this stage but you can be pretty confident that he’ll be kept out of the mud and bullets role of a midfield destroyer, perhaps given free license to float in front of two defensive midfielders and provide 90 minute support to the attacking trio of Zaha, Townsend and Benteke/new man.
Alongside Meyer, Camarasa is a signing which can excite our fans and prompt dreams of a gradual change of style, brought about by careful planning rather than a quick shuffle of the pack. Let’s hope there are no last minute hiccups.