Crystal Palace will hold firm on their £80m valuation of Wilfried Zaha during the January window… with winger now on Chelsea’s wishlist after Arsenal and Everton failed to sign him
- Wilfried Zaha was wanted by Arsenal and Everton during the summer window
- Crystal Palace’s £80m asking price meant he was too expensive for both clubs
- The Eagles will stick with that valuation during the January transfer window
- Chelsea are keen on Zaha after having their transfer ban reduced to one window
Crystal Palace will stick to their £80million valuation of Wilfried Zaha next month.
And they have no intention of lowering the figure when the transfer window opens, especially with Manchester United negotiating a 25 per cent sell-on clause into the deal which saw the 27-year-old rejoin Palace in 2015.
Wilfried Zaha looks set to stay at Palace unless the club receive an £80m bid to prise him away
One option discussed then was for Palace to buy Zaha for more — around £9m — without a sell-on clause.
The two sides settled on £6m and the clause, which is now contributing to Palace’s determined stance on Zaha’s price tag.
Zaha inspired Palace to promotion before ending his first Selhurst Park spell in 2013 and has been key to his boyhood club consolidating their position in the Premier League since his return.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has admitted he is unsure of Zaha’s future at the club
Arsenal had a £40m summer offer for Zaha dismissed by Palace before they signed his Ivory Coast team-mate Pepe.
Everton were prepared to offer £70m plus two players, but the package failed to tempt Palace.
Zaha, whose contract runs until 2023, is now back on Chelsea’s radar after they had their two-window transfer ban cut, allowing them to buy again in January.