According to a report from TeamTalk.com, Crystal Palace have reached an agreement with star man Wilfried Zaha which will leave his numerous potential suitors in the Premier League frustrated this summer.
A week ago, the wide man went public with comments stating that he is keen to play regularly in the Champions League and challenge for trophies before he retires; putting the Palace faithful on red alert over a possible big-money summer exit but despite supposed interest from the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham, the above report suggests that the Ivory Coast International will only leave SE25 for a club on the continent.
Whilst Wilfried is understandably keen to test himself at the highest level possible, the fact that his contract with the Eagles still has four years left to run does leave the ball in Palace chairman Steve Parish’s court to some extent. If TeamTalk are to be believed, the pair have had numerous meetings, agreeing that Zaha will only be allowed to leave if a bid of £75 million or more comes in from one of Europe’s elite clubs.
As of yet, there has been no concrete bids from anyone but with Borussia Dortmund and PSG both thought to be keeping a very close eye on the situation, a sign of compromise from the Selhurst boardroom may be all that’s needed for one of them to pull the trigger on a deal. It goes without saying that I and thousands of other Palace fans would be gutted to wave Wilf goodbye but a move abroad would certainly soften the blow in comparison with a move to a domestic rival.
We’ve had stories surrounding Zaha’s future in each and every transfer window since he returned from Manchester United and whilst these ones already feel more likely than ever before to end in a sale, we’re still some way off anything being finalised.
Watch this space.