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Neil Harris will be placing priority on streamlining his Cardiff City squad this transfer window given the size of his squad at present, but there is one key man the Bluebirds boss must at least try to sign this month.
Victor Camarasa enjoyed an impressive loan stint at the club last campaign, but the Real Betis midfielder has been used sparingly during his latest loan spell at Crystal Palace, and Cardiff are now reportedly interested in bringing him back to South Wales.
It is understood that Camarasa wants to leave Palace following his lack of playing time, and Cardiff have now joined Norwich and Celta Vigo in making an initial enquiry regarding the midfielder’s availability, according to journalist Colin Millar.
It seems a long shot that Cardiff will land the 25-year-old given he is attracting interest from top-tier outfits in both England and Spain, but the fact he is already familiar with the Bluebirds could play a factor as he weighs up his next move.
Furthermore, Camarasa has only managed to play five minutes of league action so far this season after being frozen out at Selhurst Park, so the Spaniard will surely want to ensure his next move will see him receive regular minutes.
Norwich and Celta Vigo may indeed be capable of providing this for the talented midfielder, but he would surely become the focal point of Cardiff’s midfield if he made a shock move to South Wales, and this could tempt him into a return for the club.
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Camarasa’s potential return to the Welsh capital would represent a major coup for the club heading into the second half of the season, and his undoubtable midfield quality would certainly help propel the club’s Championship play-off push.
There is the argument that Cardiff already possess a wide array of midfielders and perhaps do not need to prioritise strengthening this area, but Harris should definitely make an exception for Camarasa given the impact he could have.
The former Spain U21 international would provide an intelligent creative presence in midfield alongside the likes of Joe Ralls and Marlon Pack, while the prospect of Camarasa linking up with Lee Tomlin would bring much excitement to Cardiff fans.
It may take some extensive negotiations for Cardiff to land a deal to bring Camarasa back to South Wales given their financial restrictions as a Championship side, but the Bluebirds should put maximum resources into making the deal happen if the opportunity presents itself.