Wilfried Zaha could get his long-awaited move away from Crystal Palace this summer.
Despite handing in a transfer request at the end of the 2018/19 campaign, Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha failed to secure a move away as interest clubs couldn’t match the valuation set by the London club.
Showing excellent professionalism, the Ivory Coast international continued to ply his trade for Roy Hodgson for the 2019/20 term at Selhurst Park. The Ivorian, however, changed his agent and relevant representatives who failed to find a better club for Zaha.
Renowned for his jinking runs and powerful dribbling abilities, the 27-year-old has established himself as one of the best wide players in the Premier League, often posing a great challenge for opposing full-backs. Last season, Zaha managed three goals and four assists, while creating 36 chances for a relegation-threatened Palace side.
Valued at £80m, Crystal Palace priced Wilfried Zaha out of a move during the last transfer window as Arsenal and Everton baulked at the club chairman Steve Parish’s demands. One year later, the Ivorian could finally attain a bigger challenge away from the Glaziers. Though, the London club are determined to not let their prized asset leave for a depreciated value in the current market.
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AS Monaco are said to have placed their interest in Zaha, too. The French club, under the surveilling eyes of newly-appointed Sporting Director Paul Mitchell, are planning to challenge Paris Saint-Germain in France’s domestic football in coming seasons.
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Wilfried Zaha has three years left on his Palace contract. He would ideally like to leave to play for a club in the Champions League.
Uncertainty over the futures of Neymar and Jadon Sancho mean PSG and Dortmund have expressed an interest in signing Zaha as a potential replacement if they sell either of those players. (Sky Sports)
Should Zaha leave this summer, Crystal Palace have lined up Queens Park Rangers attacker Eberechi Eze to fill the gap in the squad. It is understood that the QPR bosses have valued the player around £20 million.
Meanwhile, Palace’s manager expects his most valued player to seek greener pastures. “It’s a dilemma for the club and a dilemma for him if he is so set on leaving,”. “If he feels he just does not want to be with us any more, that would be sad,” Hodgson said.
While securing his much-desired transfer, Zaha could still play a vital part in former club Manchester United’s transfer plans. The bonus clause inserted while selling the player to Palace ensures 20% of the transfer fee gained by the London club, thereby injecting some extra funds in the Red devil’s summer kitty.
Also, if Dortmund’s chiefs choose to pursue the services of Wilfried Zaha, it could initiate a ripple-effect, ending with Jadon Sancho landing at Old Trafford.