Norwich City transfer rumours: Canaries keen to end Spanish midfielder’s loan at Palace
PUBLISHED: 12:46 18 November 2019 | UPDATED: 12:46 18 November 2019
Norwich City are reportedly interested in bringing an end to Spanish midfielder Victor Camarasa’s loan frustration at Crystal Palace.
The 25-year-old was a popular player at Cardiff City last season, scoring five goals and assisting another four in 32 Premier League games as the Bluebirds slipped to relegation.
Another season away from Real Betis has followed, with a loan to Crystal Palace with the possibility of a permanent switch for £11.5million to follow.
However, Camarasa has made just one brief league appearance for the Eagles so far this season, coming on as a late substitute during a 4-0 loss at Tottenham in September.
The Spaniard has been an unused substitute in four of Palace's other 11 league games but his only real action came in the League Cup second round in August, playing all of a 0-0 home draw with League Two side Colchester United - scoring a penalty but seeing the U's seal a cup shock with a 5-4 shoot-out victory.
Spanish daily sports newspaper Estadio Deportivo reported last week that Betis needed Camarasa to play 15 games to activate the prospect of that permanent fee being paid by Palace, prompting a plan to end the loan in January to try and sell the former Spain U21 international.
That was followed up by the Sun on Sunday, who claim that Norwich would be willing to pay the remainder of the loan fee, if the former player became available - which was reportedly around £1.5m in the summer.
Betis signed Camarasa from Levante for a reported fee of around £6m in 2017 after he had emerged as a La Liga regular for his parent club and during a season-long loan at Alaves.
However, one goal in 24 games saw the creative midfielder loaned out to Cardiff, which included starting as Neil Warnock's team were beaten 3-1 at home by Norwich in the League Cup second round, coming off with 20 minutes remaining.
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With Mario Vrancic fit again to compete with Marco Stiepermann, Kenny McLean and Moritz Leitner, City's need for a player like Camarasa would seem far less than the need for defensive reenforcement.
Does have almost 150 appearances to his name in the Spanish and English top flight though, and did seem to be a popular player among Cardiff supporters last season.
So if a loan were possible the former Valencia trainee could well be a player worth considering but a permanent switch seems highly unlikely, particularly with the Canaries unlikely to have much to spend.
The general consensus among Palace fans seems to be that Roy Hodgson doesn't trust the Spaniard's defensive instincts in his rigid and disciplined tactical set-up.
- You can watch Camarasa's goals for Cardiff in the video above