Some Crystal Palace fans will remember the situation involving Christian Kouame at the end of the last year.

The striker was said to be very close to a move to Selhurst Park, but ended up with a cruciate ligament injury, and the transfer was never confirmed.

It turned out that he still managed to be signed by someone else in the January transfer window, as Fiorentina got him on a loan deal with an obligatory buying clause. It was obviously a strange and risky signing for La Viola, but they seem absolutely fine with it.

Manager Daniele Pradè has spoken about their confidence in Kouame today, and when talking of the move to get him, he confirmed that Crystal Palace were close to making the signing before the injury.

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“The conversation with Kouame was born from afar, he was at Cittadella, I was at Sampdoria. Against us, the first leg was devastating. Cristian had already been sold to Crystal Palace, the injury blocked everything and we took the ball. A decision taken by mutual agreement with the president,” (via CalcioNews24).

Kouamé had five goals and three assists for Genoa before getting injured, and Fiorentina are keen to have him playing for them as soon as possible.

“Christian is a strong footballer… Buying an injured player in January might seem like a risk, but it isn’t. His treatment was done well and he may be on the pitch in April even if we are aiming for next season.”