Crystal Palace have been continuously linked with a January move for Chelsea wide-man Victor Moses since well before the transfer window opened for business but the Eagles hopes of landing their former academy graduate are seemingly about to be dealt a significant blow.
With Maurizio Sarri set on ringing the changes at Stamford Bridge, it looks as though right-back Davide Zappacosta is on the verge of being allowed to leave for Lazio; a deal which would surely lessen our chances of landing fellow right-sided wing-back Moses in the same month, unless the former Napoli gaffer has taken leave of his senses altogether? According to reports in Italy, the deal for Zappacosta would be an initial loan before a pre-agreed permanent move worth £15 million this summer; all of which is likely to mean that Victor is needed as cover on the Fulham Road in the immediate future.
Over the last few weeks, it’s been thought that Sarri was more than happy to let Moses fly the nest, with a £12 million asking price said to have been set by Chelsea and whilst there has seemingly been interest in the former Nigeria captain from Neil Warnock’s Cardiff over the last 48 hours, everything still seemed to point towards Palace being in the driving seat until Zappacosta’s imminent departure entered the equation.
From the Blues’ perspective it makes little difference, neither man is seen as a regular first-team starter by Sarri and both look set o fetch roughly the same in terms of a transfer fee when allowed to move on, making deliberations over who stays a relatively minor concern in the manager’s mind. It goes without saying that, as a Palace fan, the idea of Victor Moses being back in red and blue after seven years away excited me hugely but if this link between Lazio and Zappacosta is legitimate, we may be forced to shrug our shoulders and accept that we’ve been the victims of decisions which have been taken out of our control.
After the initial flourish of excitement that came with the potential deal for Dominic Solanke at the start of January, Palace fans have had next to nothing to get that excited about; frustratingly, today isn’t shaping up to be any different to the previous seven that have passed in 2019 so far.