Friday, 17 August, 2018

Chelsea after Wilfried Zaha

News      Maurizio Sarri set for crunch Wilfried Zaha transfer talks as rival’s drop out
     
     
       By CFCnet News Maurizio Sarri set for crunch Wilfried Zaha transfer talks as rival’s drop out By CFCnet
Rita Gibson | 06 August, 2018, 11:19

Chelsea FC are set to make a second offer to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, according to a report in England.

Zaha has already snubbed a move to Everton this summer as he does not want to return to the north after his hard spell at Manchester United.

Zaha made his feelings clear to the Palace hierarchy though earlier in the summer by turning down a new contract with improved wages, clearly setting his sights at a move higher up in the Premier League table.

"The last two seasons, in particular, have shown his maturity, and his end product has got better".

Unsurprisingly, there hasn't been a dearth of interest in the former Manchester United star over the last few transfer windows, with Chelsea and Tottenham among the clubs trying to snap him up.

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Spurs have been interested in signing the 22-year-old before, with ESPN reporting in April that Pochettino is a big fan of the 2016 Premier League title victor. While Hazard is expected to stay put, the Brazilian winger still faces an uncertain future, with Manchester United keen on signing him. Zaha is thus, a viable target, who will bolster the Blues' attack irrespective of the Brazilian's departure.

Maurizio Sarri has snapped up midfielder Jorginho and third-choice goalkeeper Rob Green since replacing Antonio Conte in the Stamford Bridge hot seat but he too is expected to be active during the final stages of the window.

Palace's offer was believed to be around £120,000-a-week, an upgrade on the £100,000-a-week contract the 25-year old forward signed just 15 months ago.

The race to sign Zaha is getting increasingly unpredictable.

Roy Hodgson converted the Ivory Coast worldwide from a winger to the focal point of the Eagles' attack, and it seemed to pay dividends as Palace climbed away from relegation danger.

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