According to The Times, Everton appear unlikely to reignite their interest in signing Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha during the summer transfer window.
Well, the Ivory Coast international was heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park last summer, with one report suggesting that the player thought he would be an Everton player before the deadline back in August.
However, The Times says that the maximum price the Toffees would have gone to for the 27-year-old would have been £60m – they actually only bid £52m for him – with the Eagles valuing the attacker at £80m.
The report says that while the Merseyside outfit could look to sign a right winger this summer if their finances allow, they are likely to find better value elsewhere – especially if the former Manchester United man is still valued at £80m.
In a word, yes.
Zaha may be the sort of player that can make the difference in the final third in certain matches because of his dribbling ability – he has successfully completed 4.7 per top flight outing on average as per WhoScored – but he simply doesn’t do it enough in terms of goals and assists to have the valuation on his head he reportedly does.
According to Transfermarkt, he has three goals and five assists in 26 Premier League outings this term, which is way down on the 10 goals and 10 assists in 34 games he ended the 2018/19 campaign with.
Former Everton manager Sam Allardyce once suggested the winger could emulate Eden Hazard during his time in charge of Crystal Palace, but he is a million miles away from doing that right now.
Zaha may have got the assist for Christian Benteke’s equalising goal at Goodison Park on Saturday, but otherwise he was largely on the periphery of the action on the day.
Everton are right to avoid this potential deal.