Report: Zaha to leave before transfer deadline if his valuation is met

Wilfried Zaha (photo: Richard Blaxall)

Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha could still leave the club before the January transfer window shuts on Friday.

The Ivory Coast forward has hired a new agent to help force a move after a transfer to Arsenal failed to materialise last summer.

It was reported earlier this month that Zaha had stated his intention to remain at Palace until the end of the season.

But sports journalist Duncan Castles understands that the 27-year-old could head for the exit if Palace get their asking price of £80million.

“We know Zaha wants out of Crystal Palace, we know that a number of agents have had mandates to move him in this window,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.

“We know he is being pushed to Chelsea and there is interest from Chelsea’s hierarchy in taking him.

“My information is that Palace want to hold onto Zaha for the rest of the season for understandable reasons because he is the centre point of their attack.

“But I think they are savvy enough to realise the pressure from the player’s side to obtain a move is such that if one of those big clubs, who can afford to pay a proper transfer fee for him and Palace have been asking for £80million or more for the player and can afford to push his wages to a level of about £200,000-a-week, do come in with an offer it’s going to be very hard for them to retain him.”

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