Zaha agent suggests attacker could be off in January

Wilfried Zaha (photo: Richard Blaxall)

Wilfried Zaha’s new agent Federico Pastorello says the forward could leave Crystal Palace in the January window.

Zaha put in a transfer request over the summer and stated his desire to move to a Champions League club.

Everton and Arsenal were reportedly interested in landing Zaha but failed to meet Palace’s valuation.

Chelsea are now said to be keen on the 27-year-old after their transfer ban has been lifted following a successful appeal.

Zaha’s representative reckons his player might be ready to make another attempt to leave Selhurst Park next month.

“I think he really deserves a new challenge and a top club, because he is really a top player,” Pastorello told Sky Sports News.

“It is surprising me because I read about a possible move in the summer but he stayed again. But this season he is proving that he is very focused and concentrated, so think he could be another good opportunity in the January market.

“The January market can [usually] be really calm. As the number of transfers there is about one third as many than in the summer.

“But there are some very good and interesting opportunities for the clubs that sell, because maybe a club really needs that player and is ready to pay a little bit more because of emergency.

“There have been a lot of changes in the Premier League in terms of managers. Sometimes when you do that you need to face his needs tactically. So expect maybe Tottenham being a bit more protagonist in the market, maybe Manchester United too.

“Let’s see what happens in Chelsea too, because the ban is not sure. If they remove that they may need to do something. In Europe there are some clubs like Inter and AC Milan that maybe need to improve their squad.”