We may not be in the middle of a transfer window but the speculation surrounding Wilfried Zaha raffles on regardless, with this report in the Daily Mail suggesting that “super agent” Mino Raiola is doing his level best to bring the winger into his stable of clients.
Last week, The Times reported that the 26-year-old has moved to sever ties with Will Salthouse and USM after their failure to secure him a move away from SE25 over the summer and despite nothing formal having been agreed with Raiola, his track record with high-profile players angling for big-money moves was always likely to see him linked with the Palace academy graduate.
According to the above piece from the Mail, Zaha remains under contract with USM until next summer, meaning that any deal with someone new would mean compensation being paid to them for a loss of earnings but if Wilfried himself is desperate to seek new representation, you would imagine the money will not prove to be an insurmountable stumbling block.
From the club’s perspective, there will be genuine concern over how things would play out in future windows, should Zaha opt for a tie-up with Raiola, given how ruthless he’s been shown to be in recent years. As things stand, the wide-man is happily taking part in all first-team activities but once a man like Mino comes onto the scene, there’s no guarantee whatsoever of things continuing to run smoothly between the club and Zaha.
After years of finding solutions to Wilfried’s needs, it does feel as though we are rapidly approaching a crossroads which simply cannot be avoided. Previously, new contracts have helped calm the waters but clearly, the man himself is keen to seek out a new challenge before the opportunity disappears. Whether or not that occurs in January remains anyone’s guess but you would imagine fresh representation would be highly likely to accelerate the progress associated with the winger’s eventual departure from Selhurst Park.