The father of Atalanta defender Timothy Castagne has hinted that the Belgian international could be interested in a move to Crystal Palace this summer, while speaking to Het Nieuwsblad.
The 23-year-old flyer has been heavily linked with a move to Britain in recent months and admitted to the Scottish Sun that Celtic had failed with an £8 million bid to sign him during the January transfer window.
Atalanta want around £17 million for Castagne, Nieuwsblad claims, but that is unlikely to put off more well-endowed clubs who are hoping to sign a full-back famed for his speed and swashbuckling style.
Castagne scored five goals and produced five assists as a free-wheeling Atalanta side qualified for the Champions League at the expense of AC Milan, Roma and Lazio last season.
And the former Genk man’s father has now admitted that a move to England, particularly Crystal Palace, could appeal this summer.
“Tim has a lot of offers. Crystal Palace? He has always loved English football,” Pierre Castagne said.
“Atalanta will play in the Champions League next season, but in the Premier League you have a match every week as if it were the Champions League.”
Castagne might have been lined up to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the Croydon-born academy graduate who continues to be linked with a big-money move to Manchester United.
The Guardian claimed this week that United have made a £40 million bid and are now weighing up a second offer for the 21-year-old.
Have something to tell us about this article?