According to French outlet L’Equipe, Crystal Palace have held extensive talks with the representatives of Toulouse goalkeeper Alban Lafont over a move to Selhurst Park.
Despite having only turned 19 in January, Lafont has already made 98 appearances for Toulouse in the French top-flight, having broken into the club’s first-team at just 16 years of age during the 2015/16 season.
The French U20 international is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Ligue 1, with many pundits having already tipped the commanding youngster as a future Les Bleus’ successor to long-standing no. 1 Hugo Lloris.
North London bound?
Lafont’s talents are known to have alerted a number of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Premier League outfit Arsenal the side most regularly linked with a bid for his services.
The board at the Emirates have long been rumoured to be on the lookout for goalkeeping reinforcements, with first-choice shot-stopper Petr Cech having come in for heavy criticism both this past season and last for his mistake-riddled performances.
‘A real effect on me’
Speaking in an interview with French outlet RMC earlier this year, Lafont seemed to suggest that the interest between he and the Gunners is very much mutual, explaining:
‘I like Arsenal a lot. I have followed them since I was little.’
‘It was when [Robin] van Persie was playing, I liked his style.’
‘That was when Arsenal had a real effect on me.’
Selhurst Park bound?
However, following mounting rumours in the media that Arsenal have set their sights on a more experienced addition between the posts for next season, rumours linking Lafont with a move to the Emirates have died down.
And, as per the aforementioned report from L’Equipe, this has allowed another Premier League outfit, in the form of Crystal Palace, to enter the fray for the prodigious teen:
Crystal Palace have been in talks with the entourage of Toulouse goalkeeper Alban Lafont and have promised to make him their new number one if he agrees to join this summer. [L’Equipe]
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