Reporter Pete O’Rourke has described the prospect of Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha leaving Selhurst Park for nothing as a “huge blow”.
The Lowdown: New rejected terms
The 30-year-old is now more than seven years into his second spell with Palace and has taken his tally to 443 appearances, scoring 89 goals and registering 73 assists in total.
Zaha’s contract is up in the summer, however, and recent reports have suggested the Ivorian has “turned down multiple offers” to extend his stay at Palace, with Tottenham “interested” in his services.
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The latest: comments from O’Rourke
Speaking to The Transfer Tavern about Zaha, O’Rourke labeled the striker Palace’s “talisman” and said a free transfer exit in the summer “would be a huge blow” for the Eagles.
“He’s been their talisman for a number of years. Maybe he feels he wants a new challenge. If he leaves on a free transfer in the summer, it would be a big coup and big boots to fill for Crystal Palace.”
Should Palace sell Zaha in January?
Yes, it charges a fee!
No, risk losing it for nothing!
The verdict: cash in?
January could be Palace’s last chance to cash in on Zaha, so Steve Parish and Dougie Freedman may consider a potential sale in the New Year.
Zaha is currently valued at €32m (£27.8m) by Transfermarkt, so expect the Eagles to still receive an eight-figure fee in the coming weeks.
Patrick Vieira would need a new marquee striker to step in for Zaha in the winter window should he leave, so the club could start a busy 2023.
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