Crystal Palace are on the verge of completing their first signing of the January transfer window. It isn’t a much-needed striker or a creative midfielder, however, but a little-known 21-year-old goalkeeper who hasn’t even made his professional debut yet.
According to UOL Esporte, Lucas Perri is set to join Palace from Brazilian giants Sao Paulo in a deal that could cost eventually £6.2 million.
The 6ft 5ins shot-stopper is understood to be heading to Selhurst Park on an initial loan deal that will become a permanent transfer at the end of the season.
But who is he? Considering that he’s only third choice at Sao Paulo, Crystal Palace fans have understandably been left dumbfounded about their new addition.
“It looks like he’s going to go,” Vickery said. “He was in the same Brazil U20 side two years ago as Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta who’s now gone to AC Milan for big money.
“We’re two years down the line and he hasn’t got close, not even a sniff of a first-team place at Sao Paulo. He would be, at best, (Palace’s) third choice goalkeeper at the moment.
“Clearly, Sau Paulo don’t reckon Perri can fill that hole (left by the departure of legendary ‘keeper Rogerio Ceni). They’re happy to offload him.”
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson can already call upon Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guaita, meaning Perri will probably have to bide his time before making his first appearance in senior football.
On the other hand, former Sao Paolo coach Michael Beale, who now works with Steven Gerrard at Rangers, has tipped Perri for big things at Selhurst Park.