According to this report, Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha is the subject of interest from Chelsea with the Blues plotting a January swoop for the Eagles No.11.
Of course, Frank Lampard’s side are currently under a transfer ban, although the Court of Arbitration for Sport will hear the west Londoners’ appeal on November 20th.
If their ban does get overturned, then the side from Stamford Bridge are believed to be planning a triple swoop for Zaha, Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell and RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner.
Everton saw an offer of £70m + James McCarthy and Cenk Tosun on loan rejected, and Eagles chief Steve Parish has said that he will allow Zaha to go if the club’s valuation is met and a replacement can be found.
So, should the south Londoners grant Zaha his wish in January?
“I think it would be utter lunacy to cash in on Zaha midway through the campaign. Crystal Palace struggle to score goals anyway having netted just ten times in 11 Premier League games so far this season, so to sell arguably their best player and most dangerous attacking outlet would be mad.
“It might become a difficult situation to deny the Ivorian his wish to leave for two successive windows, although it would make a huge amount of sense to wait until the summer. It’s not as if Palace need the money to sign players themselves either, as a £25m bid for Reece James and a £23m (Sky Sports via The Daily Mail) offer for Fedor Chalov back in the summer suggests the Eagles have funds to play with.”
“For me, Crystal Palace’s stance on Zaha in January depends on two things: where they are in the league, and how much they’re being offered.
“If the Eagles continue their good form and stay well clear of relegation, they should consider selling Zaha in January as it would allow them more time to prepare for life without him rather that having to scramble if he left in the summer.
“Of course, if they receive a big fee they will have time to figure out how exactly they want to reinvest that in their squad, and that’s what will be key for them. The Ivorian will inevitably leave Palace at some point, and if the London club are in a strong position in the league by the time January rolls around it may be the right time to sell him.”
“In this crazy world of transfer fees – think Harry Maguire to Manchester United for a world-record fee for a defender – Crystal Palace could quite conceivably demand top dollar for Zaha. The Ivory Coast international has been the linchpin of the Eagles’ attack for a number of years now, scoring 53 times and providing 67 assists across his two spells for the club. All it comes down to, is ambition.
“Does the Palace board realistically believe they can challenge for the European spots this season? Their start to the campaign has been encouraging, currently finding themselves ninth in the Premier League. Holding off on selling Zaha in January, and letting him leave next summer may be the best way to go about things. So for now, the London side must hold their aces and should say no deal.”