According to German outlet Bild, Borussia Dortmund are keen to spend the cash received from the sale of Christian Pulisic to Chelsea and are considering a move for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.
BVB are weighing up their options and will consider moving for Borussia Monchengladbach’s Thorgan Hazard – the Belgian has been in sensational form this season – or Zaha, who is having a mixed campaign at Selhurst Park.
The electric Ivorian was a target of Lucien Favre’s in the summer after Andriy Yarmolenko was offloaded and the Swiss boss appears to have reignited that interest this month.
Zaha will surely command a pretty sizeable fee but, whatever that may be, can the Eagles afford to lose their talisman?
Few in the Palace ranks can get fans out of their seats time and time again, but the dazzling feet and powerful runs of Zaha can; the 26-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best dribblers of the ball in the Premier League.
Trent Alexander-Arnold told The Times (via Empire of the Kop) that Zaha is the toughest opponent he has faced and that speaks volumes – the Liverpool full-back has come up against the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo, to name but a few.
Palace have relied heavily on his creation and goals in recent years, but the former Manchester United man has chalked up just four assists and three strikes so far – he hasn’t found the net since mid-September.
The SE25 outfit have done their utmost to keep Zaha at the club and have surely slapped an eye-watering price tag on his head but, with many areas of the squad still in need of improvement, they should thoroughly consider bids for the number 11 if it means they can address those problem areas.
Roy Hodgson’s system is crying out for a clinical finisher and a number 10 should be high up on the agenda; if Palace can sign one of each then they would be a far more balanced team than they are at the moment.
The current plan seems to be to get the ball to Zaha and, beyond that, there isn’t one – doing the unthinkable and letting the nine-cap international go may mean others finally step up and Palace break free from their perennial relegation battle.
Selling the wing wizard abroad would also ensure he does not come back to haunt his former club twice a season, and if the Bundesliga outfit stump up a fee in the region of the £58m they got for Pulisic, it could prove very hard for the Eagles to say no.