Speculation surrounding Wilfried Zaha’s Crystal Palace future continues to swirl and amidst talk of Everton bidding £60 million plus striker Cenk Tosun, The Telegraph are suggesting that Chelsea may look to put a deal in place which would see the wide man move to Stamford Bridge once their transfer ban comes to an end.
Every day that passes see the chances of Zaha leaving SE25 this summer lessen but with the winger clearly getting itchy feet at Selhurst Park, a deal which sees us keep hold of him for another 12 months before leaving for Chelsea at the start of the next summer window may suit all parties quite well.
Having lost Aaron Wan-Bissaka a few weeks ago, the prospect of waving goodbye to Zaha shortly after has always seemed unlikely but with Arsenal making efforts (until recently) to land him, the level of media coverage has been intense. We’re now fewer than two weeks away from the new Premier League campaign kicking off and are seemingly standing firm on our valuation, leaving very few clubs with a feasible chance of landing the academy graduate.
Another positive to a potential agreement with Chelsea is the potential for Michy Batshuayi to come the other way, either on loan or permanently. Until now, the Blues have been adamant that the Belgian will cost Palace at least £40 million but if it was all bound up within Zaha’s transfer, it could see the men from the Fulham Road getting a sizeable discount.
It is, as always, just speculation at this stage but after all the talk of instalment based offers from Arsenal, the mere mention of Chelsea taking Zaha in 12 months’ time seems infinitely more realistic.
Who knows what to believe anymore?