Crystal Palace are reportedly increasingly concerned that Wilfried Zaha won’t sign a new contract with the club.
Zaha’s contract expires at the end of the season and the striker will have no shortage of suits with Arsenal and Chelsea among many clubs, both domestic and international, keen on his services.
The Ivory Coast international is enjoying perhaps the best form of his career and continues to play a big role for the Eagles, with Patrick Vieira’s side sitting 10th in the table after 12 games.
In 2022, only four players have scored more Premier League goals than Zaha, namely Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, Brentford’s Ivan Toney and Manchester City’s Erling Haaland.
In October, Vieira confirmed Palace and Zaha were in talks to extend their contract, with the manager expressing hope his talisman would remain at Selhurst Park.
But negotiations are not going well, according to the Daily Mail, despite Zaha – who is already the club’s highest earner at a reported £130,000 a week – being verbally offered the most lucrative deal in Palace history.
Such a deal is not unjustified as Zaha is arguably the greatest player in Palace history, but it could be the winger sees this as his last opportunity to join a top-flight side with his 30th birthday just around the corner.
Zaha joined Manchester United in 2013 as Sir Alex Ferguson’s last signing for the Red Devils but David Moyes gave him little chance at Old Trafford and he returned to youth club Palace a year later.
He has since established himself as one of the Premier League’s best players outside of the ‘Big Six’ and has been linked with countless departures, most notably in 2019 when Unai Emery was keen to sign him for Arsenal but never came close to succeeding Eagle’s rating.
But with his contract expiring it will be much easier to win him this time, although foreign clubs will benefit first as they can sign a pre-contractual agreement on January 1st.
One side that could do that is Roma, with Jose Mourinho’s side keeping an eye on Zaha over the summer.
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