Crystal Palace fans have taken to Twitter to react after The Guardian reported that Chelsea are turning up the heat in their pursuit of Wilfried Zaha ahead of the January window.
The report states that Chelsea have handed Frank Lampard a budget of £150m, and that the Ivory Coast international appeals to them as he would require no time to settle into the Premier League, while he would also be eligible to play Champions League football.
The former Manchester United winger has scored two goals so far this season, while also grabbing one assist.
Additionally, The Guardian reveal that Burnley’s Dwight McNeil has been identified as a replacement, while Chelsea’s pursuit of Zaha could be made smoother by the Eagles’ interest in Olivier Giroud.
However, enough of McNeil and Giroud – it is the Europa League winners’ fondness of 27-year-old Zaha that has got some Palace fans on Twitter talking.
I wouldn’t have an issue with this if the money is right. The problem is replacing him in January – If they would be willing to loan us a replacement until the summer, then I can see it happening.
— E-Crystal Palace (@e_crystalpalace) December 11, 2019
This supporter said that they “wouldn’t have an issue” with Zaha going to Chelsea if the money is right, but also highlighted that the problem would be finding a replacement for the Palace talisman in January.
And the season was going so well too
— wardy (@__wardy) December 11, 2019
Meanwhile, this fan seemed slightly more disappointed with the news.
The man deserves to leave
— liVARpool (@robertmeilak) December 11, 2019
It would be a good move for him and far better than a relegation battle with Everton or mid table mediocrity with Arsenal. January wouldn’t be ideal but we are not going down or making Europe so it shouldn’t matter too much.
— WARREN GUEST (@WARRENG39) December 11, 2019
These two supporters also expressed openness to Zaha’s departure, with one saying that the Ivorian “deserves to leave” while another fan mentioned that a move to Stamford Bridge would be a good one, and far better than a relegation battle with Everton or mediocrity with Arsenal – both the Toffees and the Gunners tried to sign the No.11 in the summer.
Think this would be a good thing for both Wilf and the club. Our team formation is so one dimensional that changing things up and bringing in new players could push us on. Wilf is an excellent player but not been at his best this season and will thrive at a club like Chelsea.
— Rob (@R0BERTJ0NES1) December 11, 2019
Elsewhere, this fan also felt that a move to west London would be good for the Palace academy graduate, as it would potentially help the Eagles “push on” and move away from a one dimensional formation.
Mid season transfer window is ridiculous. Club should refuse to entertain offers and if Wilf doesn’t like it he can sit in the stands until May.
— james nicholson (@nicholsonworld) December 11, 2019
Lastly, this supporter didn’t express such openness to the situation as others, stating that the January window is “ridiculous” while also saying that clubs should refuse to entertain offers and Zaha can “sit in the stands” if he doesn’t like it.