Reports from Brazilian media outlet Tupi have shed light on Crystal Palace’s previous interest in São Paulo fullback Welington, with shareholder John Textor potentially still keen on the player.
Background Story Botafogo, a club in Rio de Janeiro, is reportedly considering a move for the 22-year-old Welington, who has attracted attention from European clubs in the past. Crystal Palace was among the interested parties last year, alongside CSKA, Fiorentina, Brentford, and Besiktas.
John Textor’s Involvement Notably, Crystal Palace shareholder John Textor has a history of scouting Brazilian talents, and his ownership of Botafogo adds an intriguing twist to Welington’s potential transfer. While Botafogo now eyes the fullback, Textor’s previous interest in Welington suggests a possible future move to Crystal Palace.
Contract Situation Welington’s contract with São Paulo is set to expire in December, fueling uncertainty about his future at the club. Botafogo’s interest could prompt discussions about a potential transfer, presenting an opportunity for Textor to facilitate a move to Crystal Palace.
Textor’s Track Record Given Textor’s involvement with Lyon, where he has orchestrated similar deals, there is speculation about his plans for Welington’s future. Whether he aims to bring the fullback to Crystal Palace or leverage Botafogo’s interest remains to be seen.
Potential Transfer Scenarios Should Botafogo secure Welington’s signature, it will be intriguing to observe whether Textor harbors intentions of orchestrating a move to Crystal Palace in the future. His track record suggests a penchant for facilitating transfers between his affiliated clubs, adding an extra layer of intrigue to Welington’s transfer saga.