Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has rocked the club by stating he wants to leave to play Champions League football, putting some of Europe’s biggest clubs on high alert.
Zaha is in his second spell at Crystal Palace, after failing to make an impact when he signed for Manchester United 2013. Sir Alex Ferguson made that signing but retired shortly after and so Zaha never got his chance at Old Trafford. David Moyes didn’t give Zaha a chance and ultimately he went back to Palace, firstly on loan and then for a cut-price fee.
This season, Wilfried Zaha has been Crystal Palace’s best player once again, scoring 10 goals and having a hand in five more for the Eagles and if he does leave Palace, he will be seen as irreplacable by the Holmesdale faithful.
The Ivory Coast international is 26 years old now and has decided this is the time for him to move on to realise his dream of playing in the Champions League – but which club would sign Zaha? Is he good enough to play in the top four in the Premier League or would he be better off moving abroad?
Last month, Zaha hinted at a summer exit when he told the Daily Mail:
“I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity, that’s it. And I’ll do the rest.”
“I’m too ambitious. And not ambitious just to play for a top club, but to win things at club level and with the Ivory Coast.
“For me to be better, to achieve what I know I am capable of, I have to aim to play at the very highest level, to win trophies.
“I’m blessed to have come this far in my playing career. But I feel like there is so much more I have to offer.”
Now the end of the season has arrived, Zaha has reportedly spoken to Crystal Palace and has said he wants to move on. There are already rumours surrounding his next club with the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham interested in his services, or could he move abroad? In the latest betting odds for Zaha’s next club, Borussia Dortmund is 8/1 where he could team up with Jadon Sancho, or you can bet on ‘any French club’ at 12/1 – with PSG being the most likely destination across the Channel.
Bayern Munich are another interesting name in the Zaha club after the summer transfer window odds, with both Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben coming to the end of their Bayern careers. Zaha could be a good fit for the Bundesliga.
This is going to be the big question and with four years still left on his five year deal, the club won’t be in any hurry to sell their prized asset. The only option might be for Zaha to force a move away from Palace and then the club would have a decision to make – sell their star man or keep hold of him against his will.
It is thought that Crystal Palace wouldn’t accept anything less than £80m for Zaha in today’s market, with the likes of Richarlison’s transfer to Everton providing a good precedent regards transfer fee.
It is thought that is Zaha does leave Palace, that will block any transfer for Wan-Bissaka, who has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs including Manchester United. The young right back has had an impressive first season in the top flight and a number of the top six might be looking at him given their weaknesses at right back.
It is unlikely that Crystal Palace will let both Zaha and Wan-Bissaka leave the club this summer but their heads will be turned with the interest from bigger clubs, and it may be that Crystal Palace simply cannot refuse any huge offers.
Arsenal are the current favourites to sign Zaha but they won’t be in the Champions League next season unless they win the Europa League and you can read our Europa League final betting tips to find out if you think they will do or not.
Arsenal – 1/2
Tottenham – 6/1
Borussia Dortmund – 8/1
Bayern Munich – 10/1
Any French Club – 12/1
Any Italian Club – 12/1
Any Spanish club – 12/1
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