Wilfried Zaha was one of the best players of the Premier League last season, so it was not a surprise when we saw the Ivorian player being a coveted asset over the summer. He was linked with a move to Arsenal and Everton, but that never came to fruition.
However, Zaha is now followed by European giants Paris Saint-Germain, being thought as the perfect replacement for Neymar Jr. should the Brazilian ends up leaving the club this transfer window. Losing Zaha won’t be so easy for Crystal Palace, but club chairman Steve Parish has promised he’ll let the winger go with the right conditions.
Parish insisted that he first have to find a replacement for the 26-year-old before parting ways. Zaha handed a transfer request and seeing the attention he’s drawing around Europe, it won’t be long before we see him playing with a different team. Parish made it clear that as long as the right offer comes, he won’t stand in Wilfried’s way.
"I’m sure it has a happy ending for everybody," said Parish, via the Daily Mail. "That’s what I want to generate and I’m sure we’ll make that happen.
"We’ve all been young, but the situation was not right for anybody this summer. You think at the time it is, but I wouldn’t put a cap on this kid’s talent.
"I’m here to do a job and my relationship with Wilfried has always recognized that. I’ve never asked him for a favor, he’s never asked me for one. It’s a professional relationship.
"It was just at that moment we weren’t aligned, but I’ll try to find a solution from here.
"Aaron Wan-Bissaka went to Manchester United, so if top clubs come in for our players with the right money, then it’s a timing issue. We have to make a plan for the evolution of our squad. Wilfried won’t be here forever, and we must be ready for him to go, if he does go. The last day of the transfer window, however, is not going to be it."
Arsenal were believed to make a £40 million offer for the Ivorian player, but that’s way below Palace’s valuation. The Eagles rejected it and Arsenal turned their attention to a different player, signing Nicolas Pepe from Lille.
Now Paris Saint-Germain might lose Neymar to Barcelona, and one could imagine that they would go for Zaha if that happens. Maybe not now, but in the winter transfer window, we could see this guy playing with the French giants.