Crystal Palace may well be in the running to sign Atalanta’s Timothy Castagne this summer – after the player’s father described his son’s love for English football.
Pierre Castagne remained coy over specific links to Palace, however, replying simply, “We’ll see”.
23-year-old Castagne enjoyed a successful season at Atalanta, where he has mainly been utilised as a right-back or left-sided midfielder.
He has featured 28 times in Serie A this season, playing a key role as Atalanta finished third in the league to seal Champions League qualification for the very first time.
Palace have emerged as possible suitors for Castagne, who has previously been the subject of interest from Scotland – with Celtic failing in their attempt to sign the Belgian international in January.
Roy Hodgson’s side may well be in the market for a player of Castagne’s ilk, with the club’s highly-rated full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka reportedly a Manchester United target.
No substantial reports have confirmed Palace’s interest in Castagne, but that hasn’t stopped Pierre – the player’s father, from commenting on a potential move to Selhurst Park.
Speaking to Belgian site Het Belong van Limberg, via Sport Witness, Pierre stated:
Crystal Palace? He has always loved English football. Atalanta will play in the Champions League next season, but in the Premier League you have a match every week as if it were in the Champions League. We’ll see.
The allure of Champions League football may ultimately persuade the versatile Belgian to stay in Italy for at least one more season. That being said, however, Castagne’s future may be one story to keep an eye on this summer.
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