This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to The Mirror, Paris Saint-Germain are planning a stunning £100m swoop for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha as a replacement for Neymar Jr, who looks set for a move back to La Liga.
Well, the Ivorian made his intentions to leave Selhurst Park crystal clear in the summer by handing in a transfer request on the eve of the deadline, and was reportedly devastated that the Eagles rejected Everton’s late advances.
However, the window for European clubs remains open until September 2nd, and the French champions may test Palace’s resolve one last time this summer before Zaha’s hopes of leaving until at least January are killed off completely.
PSG know that Neymar is irreplaceable, but see the Palace academy graduate as a player of a similar style who can excite the Parc des Princes crowd – a delegation is being sent to London this week to see if a deal can be struck for Zaha.
Arsenal were interested in Zaha this summer, but Palace deemed their offer of £65m + Reiss Nelson on loan as nowhere near good enough.
The Toffees also got involved later on in the summer, but their highest offer of £60m + Cenk Tosun was also deemed unacceptable – The Telegraph claimed that while the Eagles value Zaha at £100m, they would’ve accepted £80m in upfront cash.
So, if the news that PSG are readying an offer worth £100m is true, this could be Palace’s best chance of receiving what they want for the Ivorian.
It would leave them in a tricky situation until the January window opens in terms of finding a replacement, but if such an offer does arrive, it would be too hard to turn down given the fact that another offer worth that much may not come around again.
This is Palace’s best chance of getting what they want for their prized asset.