Many Crystal Palace fans are reacting to a tweet from respected journalist Fabrizio Romano in which he discusses the likelihood of Jean-Philippe Mateta signing for the club.
Following a lot of talk about the Bundesliga forward being close to signing for the Eagles, Romano all but confirmed the rumours were true. He tweeted: ‘Jean-Philippe Mateta joins Crystal Palace on loan until 2022 with obligation to buy [around €17m] as per @domfifield, confirmed. He turned down two bids from Italian clubs and will sign for #CPFC tomorrow – medicals pending. Here-we-go soon.’
The Frenchman is 23 years-old and has been in great form this season with Mainz (WhoScored). He has played 18 times in all competitions and picked up 11 goals and one assist, with seven of these goals coming in the Bundesliga. The £13.5m-valued striker also has featured for the France U21 side in the past (Transfermarkt), scoring three goals in nine appearances. Many fans are buzzing over the news, with one calling the possible transfer ‘exciting’.
It is understandable to see why the fan base are getting excited. Strikers Christian Benteke, Jordan Ayew, and Michy Batshuayi have only scored four goals between them this season (WhoScored), so some fresh blood could be exactly what the club need to strengthen the attack and help push the Eagles up the table.
Here is how Palace fans reacted to the Romano tweet:
“Exciting singing for us #CPFC“
“FAB IS BACKKKK”
“Well that was quick”
“If this man said my twin brother wasn’t my real brother, I’d believe him. Get excited. One step away from here-we-go territory…”
“Here we gooooo”
“Woah this is actually a very exciting signing for us”
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