• Crystal Palace to sell Chelsea transfer target Wilfried Zaha if January valuation is met
  • Crystal Palace to sell Chelsea transfer target Wilfried Zaha if January valuation is met

    Wilfried Zaha wants to leave Crystal Palace with a number of clubs monitoring the player.

    Crystal Palace will sell Wilfried Zaha in the January transfer window if their £80million valuation is met. Chelsea are understood to be interested in signing the winger as Frank Lampard looks to bolster his options on the flanks ahead of next season.
    Zaha has begun to hit his stride at the close of 2019 after taking 13 Premier League appearances to register his first goal of the season.
    Palace regard the 27-year-old as one of the best wingers in the league but are willing to sell him in January.
    However, that is only if they receive a bid of £80million, according to The Athletic.
    Chelsea want to bring in another wideman by the start of next season by which time they could be depleted in the position.
    Pedro is expected to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer once his contract expires and could even strike a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs in January.
    There is also confusion about the future of Willian, who likewise has six months left to run on his deal.
    The Brazilian’s upturn in form reportedly led to the club tabling a contract extension but Willian claims no new terms have been put in front of him.
    I feel happy to play for this club, but this situation is not in my hands,” Willian said at the end of November.
    It’s in theirs (Chelsea’s). I wait for them. They know what I want, what I want to do. They already know, so I wait for them.”
    “I don't want to talk to them (other clubs) because I have a contract until the end of the season.
    “I am a Chelsea player, but I just want to say the club know what I want to do.”
    If Chelsea chase Zaha they will not expect to land the forward in a cut-price deal, with Palace showing their steel in negotiations over the summer.
    The club received multiple offers, including a £70m plus players deal from Everton, but stood firm on their £80m price.
    Zaha wants to challenge himself at the top level and is eager to leave Selhurst Park as he enters what should be the prime of his career.
    The former Manchester United man handed in a transfer request in summer and Palace chairman Steve Parish admitted in November he is not sure what will happen next month.
    “I do not have a crystal ball, I do not know what is going to happen,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
    There will be circumstances where it will be the right move for Wilfried and the football club and there will be circumstances when it won’t be.
    “That will be down to the state the club is in at the time and the situation of the buying club.
    “This is someone who has a strong affinity with the club and he is an extremely good person. He loves the fans, he loves the club.
    “These things happen in football, he is aware of that. We want to look after him as best we can but I know he will always do the best for this football club.”

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