Everton must secure summer deal for Wilfried Zaha

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According to Sky Sports News, Everton will meet with Crystal Palace this week to discuss a potential move for Wilfried Zaha ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

What’s the word, then?

Zaha been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal this summer, with the Gunners already said to have had a £40m bid rejected.

According to Sky Sports News though, Everton are now very much in the hunt for the Ivory Coast international as they prepare to meet Palace for talks.

The report does not mention a transfer figure, but it seems likely that the Toffees would also have to meet Palace’s £80m asking price in order to complete a deal.

The Merseyside giants have been relatively quiet in this summer’s transfer window, but turning Andre Gomes’ loan deal into a permanent transfer is excellent business, whilst Fabian Delph could turn out to be a shrewd signing from Manchester City.

A swoop for Zaha, though, would certainly send out a clear message that Marco Silva’s team are ready to seriously challenge for a top-six spot next season.

What would Zaha’s signing mean for Everton?

Some will claim that Zaha has already had his chance at a big club, but his switch to Manchester United in 2013 came far too early in his career.

The attacker has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and enjoyed an impressive 2019-20 campaign – scoring 10 times and registering 10 assists in 34 Premier League appearances.

The gap from eighth-placed Everton to sixth-placed Manchester United last season was 12 points and it is difficult to imagine the current top six being broken up due to their financial power and quality across the board.

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The signing of Zaha, though, would be a huge step in the right direction. Everton only managed 54 Premier League goals last season, but it would be fair to assume that Zaha would contribute both goals and assists if he arrived at Goodison Park.

A lot will have to go Everton’s way to complete a deal for the Ivorian, but the attacker would be worth every penny as Silva’s team look for a return to Europe.

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