Crystal Palace may be forced to sell Vicente Guaita for just £3.5 million with 10 months remaining on the contract of the Real Betis target, according to Estadio Deportivo.
While a peak-era Julian Speroni may have something to say about this, a Spanish shot-stopper with cat-like reflexes is perhaps the finest goalkeeper to stand between the sticks for Palace in the Premier League.
With Guaita’s contract due to expire in July 2021, there is a very real chance that the former Valencia youngster has played his final game in England’s top flight.
Crystal Palace might have to listen to offers unless they can agree fresh terms with the evergreen 33-year-old.
And, according to reports from his native Spain, Guaita is available for a cut-price £3.5 million as Real Betis step up their interest.
After a season of underachievement at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, a talented yet floundering Betis side are looking to replace former Everton man Joel Robles between the sticks.
Estadio Deportivo claims that Guaita is on their radar, along with Rui Silva of Granada, Fernando Pacheco of Alaves, Marko Dmitrovic of Eibar, Eintracht Frankfurt’s German international Kevin Trapp and the excellent Aitor Fernandez from Leganes.
Real Betis hired the veteran Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager recently and the chance to work with a former Real Madrid and Manchester City boss might appeal to Guaita.