According to a report in Sports Witness, Crystal Palace sent scouts to watch last weekend’s clash between Benfica and Porto, ahead of what is expected to be a busy summer in the transfer market for the south Londoners.
With Portuguese news outlet O Jogo claiming that Palace were one of a number of Premier League clubs who sent representatives to the clash, there remains no concrete details over who they happened to be taking a closer look at, leading many to assume that they were simply there with an open mind in terms of potential transfer targets.
Thanks to the vastly differing financial circumstances in the English and Portuguese leagues, the latter are regularly being forced to offload their most highly prized assets to balance the books, with Premier League clubs more often than not, willing to sniff around for what they perceive to be a bargain.
After Alan Pardew’s comments alluding to a different transfer policy at the club in the months to come, thanks to the lofty ambitions of both he and the owners, we are now realistically able to look towards players from sides like Benfica and Porto without too much fear of being priced out of the market, should we really feel that they are worth fighting for.
Despite no further details over who we may have been watching specifically, there is undoubtedly a change of ethos taking place at Selhurst Park, with the analogy of Pardew and co. now doing their weekly shop at Waitrose rather than Lidl handily describing our change of mentality since all but mathematically securing our Premier League status a few weeks ago.