Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are both keen on signing Barcelona youngster Marc Casado.
The Lowdown: Casado profiled
Casado is just 18 years of age and captains Barcelona’s Under-19 side. However, he is out of contract with the Catalan giants in a matter of months and actually shares the same agent as Palace forward Jordan Ayew.
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The Spaniard is primarily a central midfielder but can also play in a holding role and has even trained with the first team under Xavi Hernandez, perhaps the best possible mentor for a young, technical midfielder.
The Latest: Palace interest
Sports Witness relayed a story from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo on Wednesday regarding Casado. They claimed that both Palace and Newcastle are watching the midfielder and are best placed to sign the player on a free transfer in the summer.
The report does add that Casado would need to secure a work permit ahead of a possible move to the Premier League.
The Verdict: One to watch…
It seems as if sporting director Dougie Freedman is tracking Casado closely ahead of a possible free transfer swoop to bolster Patrick Vieira’s midfield options.
Securing Casado’s services ahead of Newcastle could be a shrewd move in the long-term, and it would be interesting to see what Vieira would do with the youngster if he moved to Selhurst Park.
Casado is yet to feature for Barcelona’s first-team, so he could well get his first taste of senior action in Palace colours, with a cut-price move possibly one to keep an eye on over the coming months.
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