Report: Atletico Madrid aim to hi-jack Crystal Palace's Vicente Guaita deal

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks dejected during the Premier League match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on February 10, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Vicente Guaita was expected to swap La Liga for the Premier League with a move to Crystal Palace - but Atletico Madrid are said to be circling.

Vicente Guaita of Getafe CF celebrates after scoring after his team mate Daniel Pacheco of Getafe CF scored the third goal for Getafe during La Liga 2 play off round between Getafe and CD...

Crystal Palace appeared to have put their goalkeeping concerns to one side when they completed the signing of Spanish shot-stopper Vicente Guaita in the January transfer window.

The Guardian reported in January that he would move to Selhurst Park at the end of the season, when his contract with La Liga outfit Getafe came to an end. But since then, there have been a few reports suggesting that the deal could all come crashing down.

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Marca (27th February, page 3) claimed that there is a get-out clause in Guaita’s contract, which provides that he can cancel his move to Crystal Palace if they are relegated from the Premier League. A six point buffer between Crystal Palace and the bottom three appears to have put that worry to bed, but Palace manager Roy Hodgson could now have some further cause for concern.

Spanish daily AS reports that Atletico Madrid want to hi-jack the deal for Guaita, and bring him in as a back-up option for Jan Oblak this summer.

Goalkeeper Vicente Guaita of Getafe CF stops the ball during the La Liga match between Getafe CF and FC Barcelona at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on October 31, 2015 in Getafe, Spain.

And the newspaper adds that a move to the Spanish capital would be very tempting for the former Valencia goalkeeper, even if he is only likely to play a supporting role to one of the world’s very best shot-stoppers.

Guaita would surely be the number one at Crystal Palace ahead of the veteran Julian Speroni and the unconvincing Wayne Hennessey. But The Eagles cannot offer Champions League football - and the chance to challenge for a first domestic title of Guaita’s career.

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