Arsenal and Chelsea handed transfer boost with Wilfried Zaha set to run down Crystal Palace contract


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    Wilfried Zaha has scored 14 Premier League goals in 2022 (Photo: Getty)

    Crystal Palace are growingly increasingly concerned that Wilfried Zaha will not sign a new deal with the club, according to reports.

    Zaha’s contract expires at the end of the season and the forward will not be short of suitors with Arsenal and Chelsea among many clubs both home and abroad interested in acquiring his services.

    The Ivory Coast international is enjoying perhaps the best form of his career and continuing to play a big role for the Eagles, with Patrick Vieira’s side 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 that Palace and Zaha were in talks over a contract extension, with the manager expressing his hope that his talisman would stay at Selhurst Park.

    But according to the Daily Mail, negotiations are not going well despite Zaha, already the club’s highest earner on a reported £130,000-a-week, being verbally offered the most lucrative deal in Palace’s history.

    Such a contract is not unwarranted, with Zaha arguably the greatest player in Palace’s history, but it could be that the winger sees this as his last opportunity to move to a top team with his 30th birthday just around the corner.

    Zaha moved to Manchester United in 2013, as Sir Alex Ferguson’s final ever signing for the Red Devils, but David Moyes barely gave him a chance at Old Trafford and he returned to boyhood club Palace a year later.

    Since then, he has established himself as one of the Premier League’s best players outside the ‘big six’ and been linked with countless moves away, most notably in 2019 when Unai Emery was desperate to sign him for Arsenal but never came close to meeting the Eagles’ valuation.

    But with his contract running down, he’ll be a lot easier to acquire this time round though foreign clubs will have first dibs as they are able to sign a pre-contract agreement on January 1st.

    One side that could so that is Roma, with Jose Mourinho’s team eyeing up Zaha over the summer.

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