July 19, 2024

Michael Olise’s decision to join Bayern Munich has opened the door for Crystal Palace to sign a top South American player to take his position.

Oliver Glasner will soon lose maybe his best player at Selhurst Park when the France U21 international chooses to go with the German powerhouses, who are activating his £55 million release clause.

Nevertheless, a journalist suggests that a player comparable to Luis Suarez may now transfer to SE25, which would greatly lessen the suffering Crystal Palace supporters are currently experiencing.

Thiago Almada may be signed by Crystal Palace.
According to a post by reputable journalist César Luis Merlo, Thiago Almada, who is now ranked No. 10 for Atlanta United, may sign with Crystal Palace.

Since Merlo claims that John Textor’s Eagle Football Holdings are in advanced talks to sign the Argentine, we have referred to his update as a “hint” in the title. However, it is still unclear whether the arrangement is for him to join Botafogo, Lyon, or Crystal Palace.

“[EXCLUSIVE] Atlanta United has advanced negotiations to sell Thiago Almada to the Eagle Football Group,” Merlo posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. There is talk of a transfer of about $20 million (£16 million). It’s unclear if he will play for Botafogo for a while before moving on to Lyon or Crystal Palace if it does happen.

In 16 appearances for Atalanta United during the current Major League Soccer season, the South American has five goals and one assist.

As previously said, Almada has drawn comparisons to Uruguayan icon Luis Suarez. Almada has captained Atalanta United twice this season.

The assertion was first made by Liverpool.com, which stated: “His style with the ball is wild, but that’s not a negative.” He is resilient and hardworking, yet he can also achieve greatness. As you see it, you can’t help but think of Luis Suarez, a former Anfield hero who is also of South American descent.

The John Textor case raises questions
Although Selhurst Park is mentioned by Merlo as a possible destination for Almada, we don’t think the American is attempting to recruit the 23-year-old for Crystal Palace’s advantage given the circumstances surrounding Textor.

The 58-year-old has publicly acknowledged that his multi-club concept is not exactly popular in SE25 and is presently attempting to sell his 45% ownership in Crystal Palace. He has expressed a desire to buy Everton.

Therefore – unless Textor is feeling especially generous and wants to hand Steve Parish a parting gift – we highly doubt the man from Missouri is looking to sign Almada for Crystal Palace.

Nevertheless, Merlo is surely aware of that situation and still named Crystal Palace, so be sure to keep an eye on this situation – anything is possible.

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