Analysing The Chances Of Dortmund’s Move For Wilfried Zaha Coming Off

1 Posted by - January 24, 2019 - News

It wouldn’t be a transfer window if there wasn’t a story linking Wilfried Zaha with a move away from Selhurst Park but for once, it feels like the links between the 26-year-old and Borussia Dortmund may actually have some legs. 

Originally reported in German sporting newspaper BILD and now picked up by The Guardian’s Ed Aarons, it sounds as though the Bundesliga leaders are keen to secure Zaha’s services in the summer as a direct replacement for Chelsea-bound Christian Pulisic. Whilst it wasn’t said in BILD, The Guardian’s report suggests that the Germans have already made contact with the winger’s representatives about a deal and whilst he is unlikely to kick up a fuss publicly, it is thought that Wilf is intrigued by the potential to participate regularly in the Champions League. 

Weighing up the pros and cons of a move such as this is likely to leave any Palace fan feeling rather conflicted but in many ways, Dortmund’s apparent interest in the Eagles’ academy graduate is something of a perfect storm. Whilst it goes without saying that he currently acts as the club’s talisman, it’s become clear that no Premier League club are going to pay the sort of fee Palace would be looking for in order to sell, whilst Dortmund suddenly have cash burning a hole in their pocket. 

Steve Parish, understandably given the journey he and Zaha have been on together since he took up ownership of the club in 2010, will want the best for the winger whilst also fretting about the prospect of him coming up against us in years to come; a conundrum solved by his potential move to Germany. 

Finally and perhaps most importantly for Zaha on a personal level, a switch to Dortmund would enable him to challenge for titles and European honours in a fanatically supported league without the relentless abuse and scepticism he’s grown accustomed to from opposition fans on these shores. Playing in front of just under 80,000 people every other week and given a further platform to shine, he really could reach his full potential; it’s not necessarily something that Palace fans will want to hear but looking at it from his perspective, it’s a move which could make a great deal of sense, if he’s open to the lifestyle change that moving to a new country represents. 

Palace will still demand a huge fee to let him move on, likely to be well in excess of £50 million and in fact probably closer to £60 million but there seems to be a genuine chance of Dortmund breaking with tradition and going big to land him during the summer window. 

Watch this space. 

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  • tzcar January 24, 2019 - 9:04 am Reply

    if i was wilf i,d go.his talents are superseeded above what palace have to offer.surely he can see a club with no ambition,and botched transfer window every be honest with this clubs management we are slipping down the slope.what are they paying freedman for?this mysterious brazilian goalkeeper,where is he?no real sign of a quality outfield player coming in.this club is a shambles.u have a conservative manager picks same players every week.what about introducingour supposed quality young un, chance their.this really is a shambles,what price for a bright future.see anyone coming in on the summer transfer time,no well what a suprise.what a load of crap.i wish someone else would come and buy palace,and actually invest in the playing staff.

  • Ben January 24, 2019 - 9:24 am Reply

    Tzcar, just an innocent question and I mean nothing by it, have you ever owned a business?
    Onto Wilf. When he does move, Germany or France would be great options for him. All of us of course would love to see him stay with us for his entire career but at the same time recognise what a great servant he has been to the club and wouldn’t begrudge him wanting to move to achieve higher honours.

  • Lawro January 24, 2019 - 10:54 am Reply

    Very much agree with you Ben. He has done so much for us, if he were to go on, fair enough.

    Also quick question Tzcar, are you actually a Palace fan? I mean I get that Palace fans tend to be a little pessimistic, but the constant level of unhappiness and criticism in your comments is really taking it that one step further. Has the club done anything that you’ve liked recently?

  • Eric The Ninja January 24, 2019 - 1:37 pm Reply

    He’s irreplaceable. It’s take over £100 mil before I even thought about it if I were Parish.

  • Colin January 24, 2019 - 2:34 pm Reply

    It would be a great move for Wilf and I hope he takes it. He is one of the stand-out stars of the Premier League and the Bundesliga is at a higher level technically and he would enjoy it there. He has been brilliant for us at Palace and I’ve enjoyed every minute of him. But he ought to be playing Champions League. He mustn’t stay at Palace all his career.

  • tzcar January 24, 2019 - 4:15 pm Reply

    lawro,ben,i have loved this club for over 40 years.never wavered never will.but i do think outside the box.ive no problem with wilf going,i actually think for him this would be goodyou,ve not been noticing what,s being said on other forums.and belive their are plenty of fans who are fed first thought is always about the fans.the genuine people who turn up no matter what,and for me do not get a fair deal.i have know problem in people disagreeing with me,just don,t be fooled im a lone wolf.i gather alot of my thoughts through other genujne fans WHO ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE DIRECTION THIS CLUB IS GOING ON PLAYING MATTERS.lastly was asked is there anything ive loved about the team lately.well,the guts,spirit and bad luck they suffered at is at times an unfair sport.

    • Lawro January 29, 2019 - 10:44 am Reply

      I’m not that worried about the forums and the reason is that there is always going to be people who are unhappy at the way the club is being run, and they are going to be the ones shouting loudest. There will always be a whole collection of fans who think the club aren’t doing the right things because they aren’t doing exactly what they would do. Problem is those fans want a whole collection of things that in reality the club cannot get/cannot afford/are more difficult to set up than fans realise. The moment that fans start to expect more than the club can actually do then those fans get fed up. I’m not saying accept everything as it is, certainly not, but complaining about everything is just as unhelpful.

      My point is that your comments are consistently negative. You say you love the club, fair enough, I’m just saying maybe show it once in a while.

      You say that you are worried about the direction the club is taking and that you (and others) are fed up. What exactly are you worried/fed up about?

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