It’s been a story which has featured heavily in news cycles for the last couple of weeks but in the eyes of German football expert Raphael Honigstein, Borussia Dortmund’s proposed move for Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha doesn’t quite add up.
Brought in by Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk to discuss the move, Raphael was quick to admit that Zaha’s skill set, room for growth and pace are all boxes the Bundesliga leaders look to tick when scouring the market for new recruits but most crucially of all, his price-tag and already established reputation make him for from a typical Dortmund signing.
With the likes of Jadon Sancho, Ousmane Dembele and Christian Pulisic having all been identified as future stars with the potential for massive re-sale value, Zaha’s capture would represent a definitive break from the norm but with the transfer fee from the latter currently burning a hole in their pocket, it is feasible that the club’s owners are looking to implement a change of strategy moving forward.
Currently sitting six points clear of Bayern Munich at the top of the table, there may be a sense around the club that they need to hammer home the advantage they’ve gained over the next 12 to 18 months with the potential signing of Zaha seen as a key piece of the puzzle. Is it a gamble at the price they’d have to pay? Undoubtedly but after years of growth as both a player and a person at Crystal Palace, I’m sure Wilfried would back himself to be a success over there.
I never want Zaha to leave the club, if it was up to me, I’d get him to sign a lifetime contract tomorrow but having never been truly worried about his departure in the past, I’ll admit to having serious concerns about the long-term legs that this story seems to have. Will Dortmund make a play for him this summer? We’ll have to wait and see but I certainly expect some movement on their part.