Crystal Palace seal impressive deal for Mainz standout Jean-Philippe Mateta

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Premier League outfit Crystal Palace have struck a deal to sign Mainz star Jean-Philippe Mateta on loan until 2022, it has been confirmed.

Crystal Palace seal impressive deal for Mainz standout Jean-Philippe Mateta

Germany stint

Mateta, 23, has been on the books of Bundesliga side Mainz since 2018.

The Frenchman, who lined out for his country at both U19 and U21 level, is a product of the famed academy of Ligue 1 giants Lyon, but has begun to truly make a name for himself during his time in Germany.

Mateta’s debut campaign at the Opel Arena saw the hitman rack up an impressive 14 league goals, to go along with 2 assists.

And, on the back of a difficult year last time out, during which Mainz narrowly avoided relegation, the towering attacker has since rediscovered his goalscoring touch.

Across 17 appearances in all competitions this season, Mateta has found the net on a none-too-shabby 10 occasions.

Crystal Palace seal impressive deal for Mainz standout Jean-Philippe Mateta

FREIBURG IM BREISGAU, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 22: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Jean-Philippe Mateta of 1. FSV Mainz 05 celebrates after scoring his teams third goal during the Bundesliga match between Sport-Club Freiburg and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Schwarzwald-Stadion on November 22, 2020 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. (Photo by Tom Weller/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Palace bound

As outlined above, however, if the latest word stemming from the media on Tuesday is to be believed, then Mainz look set to see out the remainder of the campaign, and beyond, without the services of their star goalscorer.

This comes amid widespread reports that Mateta is on the verge of a move to the Premier League, with Crystal Palace.

As per transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Frenchman, who was actually named as a target for Palace’s capital rivals Tottenham late last year, is primed for an imminent loan switch to Selhurst Park.

Mateta is expected to put pen to paper on an 18-month deal, including an obligatory purchase option worth around €17 million.

An official announcement regarding the transfer could even be forthcoming as early as Tuesday:

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