Crystal Palace have reportedly not used their buying option for the permanent signing of São Paulo goalkeeper Lucas Perri.
As reported by Globo Esporte, the Premier League side had until the 14th of April to get the player for €4.5m, but didn’t do so.
Although it sounds like a lack of interest from Crystal Palace, it could actually be a negotiation strategy from the Selhurst Park side.
It’s claimed that São Paulo saw this as a plan to get a discount for Perri. Meanwhile, his agents didn’t like the attitude, and no longer consider the Premier League side as a destination for the player.
Lucas Perri is now set to return to São Paulo. Since the 21-year-old is unlikely to get a lot of playing time, he’s probably going to be loaned to a club where he can have more minutes.
Globo Esporte says that São Paulo were actually confident that he would be sold to Crystal Palace.