On Monday morning, we covered reports suggesting that Crystal Palace midfielder Jairo Riedewald was close to sealing a move to German side Paderborn but with the European transfer deadline now passed, the Dutchman remains on the Eagles’ books.
Whilst Roy Hodgson and co. were seemingly extremely open to the prospect of the youngster moving onto pastures new, comments from Paderborn’s Sporting Director suggest that the hurdles to taking Jairo to the Bundesliga were purely financial.
“We talked to his advisor, but we were not close to reaching an agreement.”
“We tried to get some players, but in the end, it also has to fit with the finances.”
“The last-minute newcomer would probably have been one of the better-earners at the Pader.”
Although Jairo was signed by Palace from Ajax, (themselves one of the most famous clubs in European football history) the wages offered by the south Londoners will almost certainly have eclipsed what he was taking home in Amsterdam. At the time, it seems like a dream move for players of Jairo’s ilk but as and when the time comes to move on, finding new employers who are both able and willing to match their weekly pay packets can prove to be a tricky task.
As we said on Monday. Riedewald’s deal in SE25 isn’t set to expire until 2022 but if he is serious about getting game-time and improving as a professional in the next three years, he’ll have to give some serious thought to his next career move. His positional versatility is certainly a plus but as things stand, it doesn’t look as though the gaffer is close to selecting him for the first-team in any of the starting XI’s place.