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Latest on Zaha’s Potential Transfer to Chelsea

August 22 2022

Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha might still join Chelsea, as the club is considering making a late bid to boost their attack, writes Ben Barker.

Chelsea has until the end of the month to agree a deal with Zaha, who has scored three goals in three matches this season.

Zaha’s current contract at Selhurst Park is set to expire in a year, and the player has indicated that he is not interested in signing new terms with the club. This could be the last chance for the 29-year-old to secure a deal with a major Premier League club.

The electrifying winger has already competed in over 350 games for Crystal Palace across two separate stints. The Ivorian player had a less-than-stellar stint at Manchester United a few years ago, and as a result, he finds himself unable to leave Selhurst Park.

It was believed that Crystal Palace wanted more than £80 million for him in the summer of 2019 when Arsenal was interested in signing him. Instead, the club decided to buy Ivorian Nicolas Pepe, as a replacement.

Even though Zaha pleaded with the club to let him leave, the transfer was never actually completed.

Since then, he has remained with Crystal Palace and established himself as a pivotal figure in Patrick Vieira’s system.

It has been reported that Chelsea is seriously considering acquiring the Crystal Palace attacker's services soon. Having signed Romelu Lukaku for one hundred million pounds, the Blues felt they had fewer attacking options for the new season.

In addition, a transfer to another team in London might be something that Zaha is open to considering, but it is unclear how much compensation Crystal Palace would expect.

The Eagles might think about selling if they received a fair offer, but if they didn’t, they might lose one of their most prominent players when he becomes a free agent in 2023.

In the meantime, Chelsea is working hard to seal deals before the transfer window, which is currently open but will close at the end of the month. Frenkie de Jong is still on their radar, but it will be difficult for them to make a deal to get the Dutchman in.

Zaha would be an outstanding addition to Chelsea and would improve the team’s attacking quality for the current campaign. They will also be in the position to provide the talisman of Crystal Palace football in the Champions League, which is likely something he has yearned for at some point in his career.

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