Premier League giants Chelsea FC have been linked with Ivorian international and Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha for a long time and once again he is in the focus.
According to The Times, the 25-year-old playmaker has rejected a new contract offered by the Eagles and claims he wants to ply his trade with a top team in the Premier League.
The British outlet have mentioned that Zaha, who signed a five year deal worth £110,000-a-week (€123,000-a-week) last year, was offered a new deal worth £120,000-a-week this time but he wants to leave.
The Eagles without Zaha is another club entirely. They lost seven opening Premier League fixtures last season without scoring a single goal and the Ivorian out due to a knee injury.
Zaha, however, returned to action in October and netted a goal to help the Eagles beat Antonio Conte’s Chelsea at Selhurst Park. Overall, in 28 league starts, he directly contributed in 14 goals (9 goals and 5 assists) and it will be fair to say that without him, Palace would have been relegated.
With huge uncertainties surrounding the futures of Willian this summer, if the Brazilian does eventually join Barcelona, Zaha will be a top addition to replace him.
The former Manchester United playmaker can comfortably play on either flank, as a secondary striker and also as a center forward. Such versatility could be an asset for Maurizio Sarri considering he’s going to keep Eden Hazard no matter who comes knocking.
Zaha’s current contract will expire in 2022 and according to The Times, Palace value him at 70 million pounds. £70m will be a nice bargain for a player who single-handedly saved Crystal Palace from relegation last season.