According to reports in The Mirror, Everton manager Marco Silva is determined to bring Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha to Goodison Park before the transfer window shuts on August 9, and Celtic should be watching developments closely.
Well, The Mirror says that the Portuguese boss is desperate to sign the talented attacker, who currently earns £100,000-a-week, but he is struggling to convince the Ivory Coast international to move to Merseyside.
The Mirror says that Zaha didn’t enjoy his previous spell up north with Manchester United and isn’t keen to return, but Silva may not take no for an answer just yet as he wants the 25-year-old to spearhead a new-look attack during the upcoming season.
He would be competing with the likes of Yannick Bolasie, Theo Walcott, Ademola Lookman and Nikola Vlasic, rated at £7.2m by Transfermarkt, for a spot in the starting XI if he did join Everton, but the report adds that the Eagles are reluctant to sell and are ready to offer him a new £125,000-a-week contract to convince him to stay.
Well, with Patrick Roberts and Charly Musonda returning to Manchester City and Chelsea respectively following loan spells and with a temporary deal for Liverpool’s Harry Wilson looking to be dead in the water, Brendan Rodgers, who should also look to sign an attacker who shone alongside Scott Sinclair under his tutelage previously, will likely be upping his attempts to bring a new winger to Celtic Park.
Should Everton sign Zaha, it is likely that Vlasic could be the one that leaves – probably on loan – before the transfer window slams shut in order to play regularly during the 2018/19 campaign – something he didn’t last term.
While he did make 19 appearances in all competitions, the 20-year-old looked as though he was still adapting to English football with starts largely hard to come by, and a move to the Bhoys to showcase his talents could be a brilliant option for all parties involved.