Man Utd in battle for services to Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha
Manchester United are frontrunners for the signature of Crystal Palace youngster Wilfried Zaha. The Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson is keen on bringing a new pair of legs to the club before the imminent departure of Manchester United’s out of favor Portuguese winger Nani.
Wilfried Zaha has been listed as Manchester United’s top transfer prospect this fall, which means Sir Alex Ferguson would be ready to go into a transfer battle if some other clubs attempts to steal the young English winger.
The Premier League leaders are being challenged by strong bids from Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City. Tottenham Hotspur were in the race to sign in Wilfried Zaha as well, but Crystal Palace’s asking price of £20 million was too much for the underdogs.
Wilfried Zaha has performed impressively for Crustal Palace during the first half of the season. The youngster’s scintillating performances have attracted a lot of attention from top notch clubs across Europe.
The race for Wilfried Zaha’s signature has boiled down to a sprint between Manchester United and Arsenal. Both clubs are willing to shell £20 million for Wilfried Zaha, although Arsenal will have trouble committing to the cause. There is no place for Wilfried Zaha in the Arsenal squad, so even if he is signed in Arsene Wenger will have to send him back to Crystal Palace on loan.
Wilfried Zaha’s arrival into a Premier League club is inevitable. Even if the January transfer window sails away with future England international still a permanent member of the Crystal Palace squad, one of the Premier League powerhouses will step forward to claim him during the summer transfer window.
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish understands Wilfried Zaha will have to move out of the club sooner rather than later, but he wants his team to concentrate on getting out the League with or without Wilfried Zaha.
“Right now, we're concentrating on trying to get out of this league and the best way of doing that is adding to what we've got, not losing players,” Steve Parish told talkSPORT last week. “I think he will be a Palace player until the summer and then we will look at it. Obviously, we will look at anything that anybody offers us because we would be mad not to.
“If we feel we can move the club forward from doing certain things, then we will. So, never say never. But, right now, we are focused on trying to keep everyone in the squad.”