Having failed with a bid last summer and seeing numerous enquiries turned down in January, Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping it’s third-time lucky in their chase for Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace when they reignite their interest this summer.
The 24-year-old has been one of few bright sparks for Crystal Palace this season, with the Eagles struggling to stay afloat in the Premier League and finding themselves in real danger of relegation, but Mauricio Pochettino’s move will come regardless of whether Palace remain in the top-flight.
With Zaha tied down to a contract that runs until 2020, Tottenham will have to pay a premium to land the Ivorian international as Palace value Zaha at around £25m but that’s a figure Spurs should be able to match- and Zaha would be mad to turn down a transfer.
Wilfried Zaha was once rated as one of the most exciting young English players within the game but things took a huge turn with his transfer to Manchester United, as the man that stands as the last signing in Sir Alex Ferguson’s long tenure at Old Trafford failed to impress in the North East.
He lasted just two-years at the club, making just two Premier League appearances, before returning to Selhurst Park. Now 24, and having pledged his allegiance to the Ivory Coast despite earning two caps for England, he needs to be playing for a bigger club.
Due to his age and the current predicament Crystal Palace find themselves in, a move this summer would certainly be beneficial. For Palace themselves, £25m would present them with a tasty financial boost to spend improving the squad- which would be especially crucial if the Eagles were to find themselves in the Championship.