Many Liverpool fans seem happy by the transfer news emerging today regarding Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. £80million-rated Ivory Coast international has informed club chairman Steve Parish of his desire to leave Selhurst Park this summer and join a club playing in the Champions League.And unlike other potential suitors, such as Arsenal, according to football.london, LFC could actually offer Zaha that, meaning the move could be perfect for both parties.
The Reds could do with more options in attack after a slight dip in form from Mohamed Salah for a large chunk of the 2018/19 season, with Jurgen Klopp not having much in the way of backup. Zaha seems an ideal fit for Liverpool’s style of play under Klopp, and it’s fair to say these fans think today’s news means their club should be in the running for the 26-year-old’s signature this summer.
Palace want £80million for Zaha, which has left the Ivory Coast international worried he will be priced out of a move. But Zaha hopes his plea will now prompt a summer transfer. The former Manchester United forward is keen to have his future resolved before Palace’s players return for pre-season and avoid the situation dragging on too long.
The south London club are acutely aware of the impact losing their 26-year-old talisman could have on the team.However, there is resignation that they can no longer keep hold of Zaha and they are ready to listen to offers. Palace will demand a huge fee for their prized asset as they look to replenish the squad to reduce the impact of Zaha’s exit.
It is thought they would prefer to invest the money in two to three players. Zaha’s exit is likely to mean right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka will stay. Palace fear a supporter backlash if they sell Zaha and Wan-Bissaka this summer.
The England Under 21 defender is attracting interest from top Premier League clubs but only an offer way above his market value would force Palace into rethinking their stance. Arsenal are big fans of Zaha, while the prospect of a return to Old Trafford has increased following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as manager.
Zaha impressed Solskjaer when they worked together at Cardiff in 2014 the player was on loan and United have made signing a right winger their top priority. Zaha is also expected to have options abroad, including Inter Milan and Dortmund. Chelsea whose transfer plans are dependent on their appeal against a two-window FIFA ban and Tottenham have been keen on Zaha in the past.