Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is expressing interest from many clubs, most notably Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal, according to the Metro.
The 24 year old Ivorian international has been in great form this season, with 6 goals and 7 assists in 26 games in the league.
Zaha took some time to find his feet at Crystal Palace, the club he re joined after spending a season with Manchester United only to be sold by then manager David Moyes, who is currently manager of Sunderland. Zaha only played a handful of games with Manchester United and he wasn’t given a fair chance to prove his worth to the club.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pocchettino attempted to sign the 24 year old in August from Crystal Palace but failed to land the Ivorian but reports state the Spurs manager is still very interested in Zaha and will make an offer this summer.
Now with rumours of Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal expressing their interest, Zaha could face a difficult decision come the end of the season.
If he wishes to stay in London then Tottenham would be the ideal club to sign for as Pocchettino has shown how he is able to get the best from his younger players and manages them individually extremely well. Zaha would most certainly gain a first team place at Spurs and that may not be the case at Chelsea or Arsenal.
Manchester City and Pep Guardiola would also be a perfect fit for the Ivorian. Guardiola has already improved Raheem Sterling through his composure and positioning along with his decision making and I believe the same approach would be taken with Zaha were he to move to the Etihad. A sight many Manchester United players would not like to see.
Zaha is contracted to Crystal Palace and manager Sam Allardyce is confident the winger will stay at the club for the time being. ‘In today’s world, a player of Wilfried’s capabilities, if you see them grow and become quality players for your team, and they help you win football matches, it’s bound to make interest from other clubs across the world,’ said the Crystal Palace manager after the away win at Chelsea.
‘When that day comes, we can’t moan about it, because we will have done all we can for Wilf – and Wilf will have done all he can for Crystal Palace — but he’s on a long contract, the chairman tells me, so there’s not that danger at the moment.’
Reports suggest that Crystal Palace will offer the Ivorian winger more than the £110,000 a week currently paid to striker Christian Benteke to keep him at the club. But the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City can pay those wages and offer the prospect of playing in the Champions League. Zaha wouldn’t be able to resist and will be able to show his talent off across all of Europe and one day, may become world player of the year, under the right guidance.