Crystal Palace are set to announce their next summer signing of the transfer window within the coming days, according to reports from The Independent.
The outlet ‘understands’ that Victora Camarasa will join the club on a season-long loan from Real Betis with a €15m (£13.83m) obligation to buy at the end of the campaign in a deal that’d see him return to the Premier League after spending last season on loan at Cardiff.
The 25-year-old could add a lot to Palace, and help bring more creativity to a midfield, which could make them less reliant on goals coming from counter-attacks and penalties (Luka Milivojevic scored 10 from the spot this year).
Last season Camarasa averaged more shots per game than anyone else at Cardiff playing in central midfield (1.3 per match per WhoScored) and also topped the assist charts for the Welsh club, chipping in with five goals scored and a further four laid on for teammates. To put that into context, his tally would have seen him as rank him as the Eagles’ fourth-highest goal scorer last season and their joint-third highest provider, as well as finishing in the top six for shots per game.
Indeed, nine goal contributions from central midfield is only bettered by Milivojevic in this squad, who also has the benefit of taking penalties and other set pieces.
Based on Neil Warnock’s comments on the player which he gave recently in an interview (via Football London), Palace could sign a really creative player which could help them in the central positions.
Warnock said: “He’s a good player, one of the best midfield players I’ve had under me.”
With that in mind, perhaps Camarasa’s technique and vision could help Palace create more from midfield, something that could be crucial considering the fact their current strikeforce only notched two goals between them last season.
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