Palace have been linked with Brazilian goalkeeper Perri for the entire window.

London, England - 12 January, 2019

Brazilian outlet UOL have claimed that Crystal Palace are ‘very close’ to completing a £6.2million move to sign Sao Paulo goalkeeper Lucas Perri.

Perri, 21, is yet to make his professional debut at Sao Paulo as he remains the club’s third-choice goalkeeper. Despite that, he is highly-regarded as one of the best up-and-coming talents coming out of South America at the moment.

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Standing at a lofty 6ft 5in, Perri is already developing a reputation for his excellent shot-stopping as well as his ability to command his box when it comes to crosses and set pieces.

Palace were first linked with a move for Perri by Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb last week, with Fiorentina and Sampdoria said to be rivalling Roy Hodgson’s side. It is said Fiorentina had bid £2million, but that was rejected.

Now, Palace have agreed a loan-to-buy deal. It will see the Eagles receive Perri this month, on loan until the end of the season before a deal is made permanent in June for £6.2million.

It remains to be seen how necessary the signing of Perri will turn out to be, with Palace boasting both Spanish goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and Wales international Wayne Hennessey.