Liverpool should ponder a move for Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha following the winger’s decision not to sign a new contract offer at Selhurst Park.
Last Saturday, The Mirror reported that Zaha has turned down an offer of £125,000 a week to stay at Palace.
The deal would have made the 25-year-old the Eagles’ highest earner, but his rejection suggests that he is keeping options open.
The report claims that Palace are preparing a fresh offer as they are desperate to keep hold of the player who scored nine goals and created five assists in 29 Premier League appearances last season.
If Zaha is keeping the door open ajar, then Liverpool should be on alert as they could do with the former Manchester United winger’s zest and pace.
Zaha, who is valued at £27m by Transfermarkt, predominantly plays on the right wing, which is the position that Mohamed Salah has secured at Anfield.
It is hugely unlikely that Zaha would dislodge the 44-goal star from Jurgen Klopp’s team, but he would be an exciting option to have and would likely push the Egyptian to be even better than he was in 2017/18.
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The Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in May showed Liverpool that the club do not have enough strength in that department as they struggled as soon as Salah left the pitch injured.
Of course, Zaha is not quite at the Egyptian’s level, but he is well versed in the Premier League and he has the attributes that would suit Klopp’s system.
The issue for the player, though, is that his playing time may be restricted to substitute appearances or cup competitions due to the dominance of Salah.
From Liverpool’s point of view, it makes perfect sense to test Palace’s resolve.