John Textor, co-owner of Crystal Palace, has openly expressed his desire to bring 20-year-old Brazilian talent, Wesley, to Selhurst Park from Flamengo. With a track record of leveraging his connections in South America, Textor has previously facilitated Crystal Palace’s signing of Matheus Franca from Botafogo, another club he co-owns in Brazil.
Textor, aged 58, spoke highly of Wesley, stating, “I like Wesley; he’s a good boy. I want him at Crystal Palace.” This revelation came prior to Textor witnessing his Botafogo side’s 4-3 loss to Palmeiras, during which he publicly criticized the quality of refereeing.
While it remains to be seen if Textor’s interest in Wesley is serious, the comments have undoubtedly piqued the curiosity of fans. Wesley, a 20-year-old right-back, could potentially address the team’s shortage of quality options in that position under manager Roy Hodgson.
If the move were to materialize, Wesley could offer a long-term solution to Crystal Palace’s right-back needs. With 50 appearances for Flamengo this season, he has scored two goals and provided one assist. Notably, the versatile No.43 can also play as a right-winger, showcasing his adaptability.
While Textor’s statement may have an element of humor, his successful history in navigating the South American market, particularly with the acquisition of Franca, suggests that Wesley’s name is one to watch for in future developments.