The transfer window is open again. Movement of players from one club to another is bound to be at its peak for the next few weeks. Many deals that were close last year but didn’t happen for one reason or the other will definitely be reignited. One of such deals in Wilfred Zaha. The Crystal Palace forward is set for another summer of transfer speculation, with teams across Europe readying offers for the Ivory Coast international.
Zaha went public with his decision to leave Selhurst Park last summer. But Palace’s reported asking price of £80 million was high enough to scare off suitors like Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham away. The Gunners were keen on the former Manchester United player, but they could not reach an agreement with Palace. Arsenal settled for his international teammate Nicolas Pepe. The tricky winger arrived at the Emirates in a club record deal from Lille.
Palace manager Roy Hodgson is well aware that Zaha is his star player and serial performer. Though he had a relatively poor season, Zaha is still joint-top for assists (3) and second for goals (4) at Palace in the EPL in the 2019-2020 season. It is very clear to see why the Eagles have put up a fight to keep their prize asset.
Per the Daily Mail reports, Crystal Palace will face another fight to keep Zaha as other sides in the league, the La Liga and the German Bundesliga are keen on landing the Ivorian.
According to the Daily Mail, Palace will have another battle on their hands this year as Zaha is wanted by teams from the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga. Newcastle, Everton Dortmund and Atletico Madrid are among the teams to have shown interest in the player. Of the lot, Everton seems ahead of the pack in the fight for the wingers’ registration rights.
Although any deal from the Magpies will depend on the status of the club. They are in the middle of a takeover. Should the club find herself under new management, significant funds will be budgeted for new arrivals.
Atletico Madrid have also shown interest. Diego Someone’s side struggled for creativity last year and the club has identified the Ivorian as the player to help unlock opposition’s defence.