Spanish outlet Deporte Valenciano today has a piece on Valencia’s pursuit of Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.
That’s a pretty weird story, to be frank. Because they start it very strongly, saying the La Liga side have ‘started to close’ a deal for the 33-year-old. They also say his answer was ‘more than affirmative’.
Then they fill the story with opinions, showing arguments why Guaita would be a better option than the two other goalkeepers in the list, which are Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga and Barcelona’s Neto.
Deporte Valenciano claims that if finding a good deal with Crystal Palace, Valencia would see Guaita as the best option among those three.
The outlet doesn’t say how much the Spanish side would pay for Guaitá. All they claim is that the club can’t afford €20m to sign Neto from Barcelona.
Guaitá’s contract with Crystal Palace expires in 2021, so in case he decides not to renew his deal, it would make sense for the London side to sell him now.
Still, the confidence from Spain seems misplaced at this stage, with Roy Hodgson’s side holding the cards, regardless of what the goalkeeper wants.