After being linked with Udinese goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis, Palace boss Frank de Boer is rumoured to be considering another Serie A goalkeeper Łukasz Skorupski of AS Roma in a loan-to-buy deal.
The 26-year old Poland international arrived in the Italian capital in 2013 from Górnik Zabrze, signing a four-year contract. Skorupski has only played five times for the Rome club, but has been hugely impressive whilst on loan at fellow Serie A side Empoli in the past two seasons. His strong performances have led to him being recalled by his parent club as he challenges first-choice keeper Alisson Becker for the gloves.
After missing out on his countryman Wojciech Szczęsny to title rivals Juventus, Roma have promoted Alisson as their number one for the opening games. Early signs suggest Skorupski may find it difficult to dislodge the Brazil international and will become unsettled. The Pole will expect first-team football after his successful spell in Tuscany, with Palace a potentially exciting option for him to move to England.
A loan is a more likely option viable between the two clubs, as Roma won’t want to lose Skorupski without a replacement. With high levels of potential, the Polish keeper would command a £6 million pound fee at the end of the season if Palace wish to sign him permanently. The Eagles are in desperate need of reinforcements after the embarrassing 0-3 defeat at home to Huddersfield Town last Saturday.
With a new number one an urgent priority, de Boer is exploring many options to suit his new Dutch style of play with a ball-playing goalkeeper. After Manchester City’s failed attempts to integrate Claudio Bravo into a similar role, it remains to be seen whether it will become a successful transition for whoever takes the Palace gloves. A highly risky but potentially exciting deal lies in the balance.