Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Crystal Palace seal £9m transfer for loanee Mateta from Mainz… after negotiating lower fee as they’ve barely played him

CRYSTAL PALACE are on the verge of signing Jean-Philippe Mateta on a permanent deal.

The Eagles loaned the striker, 24, from Mainz last January with an obligation to buy for £13m following a certain number of league starts.


Crystal Palace have made Jean-Philippe Mateta’s loan deal permanent but negotiated a lower fee than originally agreed after barely playing for the club in the past yearCredit: Rex

But it is understood Palace have negotiated a cheaper price of around £9m due to the fact Mateta has started just three league games this season.

His representatives travelled to England from France over the weekend to tie up the contract which is a four-and-a-half-year deal.

Palace boss Patrick Vieira was expected to let Mateta leave having originally not been impressed with the Frenchman since taking over in the summer.

But an upturn in form, including a goal and an assist in his last four Premier League games, has changed Vieira’s mind and sees him as a valuable asset.

On making his move permanent, Mateta said: “I’m happy.

“I want to say thank you to the gaffer [Vieira]. He trusted in me.


“And [thank you to] Dougie [Freedman], the chairman [Steve Parish] and the team and the fans also, and my family.”

Chairman Steve Parish added: “We are delighted to secure the long-term future of Jean-Philippe.

“Coming to a new country, a new team and a new league is not easy and JP worked incredibly hard to get and then take his opportunities.

“He really has shown the aptitude, attitude and dedication we look for along with his natural footballing ability.

“I’m looking forward to seeing much more of him in a Palace shirt.”

Palace have also had a £1m bid for Derby striker Luke Plange accepted.

The deal could be completed before Monday night’s deadline.

Plange is likely to be loaned back to the Rams for the remainder of the season.

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