Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha put pen to paper on a new contract back in August but according to a report from London News Online, French outfit Monaco may well be preparing a January bid for the 25-year-old, having sent chief scout Michael Emenalo to watch him personally.
The above report provides proof that the former Chelsea staff member was seen taking in the Eagles’ 1-0 victory over David Wagner’s men, where Zaha’s first-half wonder-strike was enough to separate the two sides and send Palace home with all three points.
Having been booed relentlessly by the home faithful, Wilfried’s reaction was exactly the sort of response top clubs look for in their players, silencing the home fans with a moment of individual brilliance worthy of winning any contest. Of course, Palace are highly unlikely to even entertain the idea of letting their star man go during the winter window but even so, it’s flattering to see such clubs taking an active interest in his game.
In fairness, Monaco have rather a large amount of cash burning a hole in their back pocket following the summer sales of Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar and Fabinho for a combined fee of €250 million this summer. Admittedly, they have splashed out on the likes of Aleksandr Golovin, Benjamin Henrichs and Willem Geubbels but even with that factored in, they’ve got an estimated sum of €185 million left over from their summer business, making a potential move for Zaha financially viable.
To his credit, Wilfried has gone on record on countless occasions to state his happiness and loyalty to Crystal Palace, giving no indication that the prospect of a January move to France would even enter his thought process but just as always, transfer talk such as this will always make headlines; if nothing else, it’s a boost to both the player and the club’s coaching staff, knowing that Europe’s big boys are sitting up and taking notice.