Chelsea faces paying club-record £80m to sign Zaha in January
Crystal Palace will not budge from their £80million valuation of Wilfried Zaha should Chelsea come calling in January, according to Evening Standard.
The west Londoners are free to sign players once more after the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced their Fifa transfer ban to one window, which was served over the summer. The Blues are keen on Palace’s talisman as they look to bring in long-term replacements for both Willian and Pedro.
Zaha spent the summer trying to engineer a move away from Crystal Palace but was left frustrated as only Arsenal made a formal offer, their efforts falling well short of the Eagles’ valuation.
Palace are in a position of power given the Ivory Coast international, who admitted his head was “all over the place” earlier in the campaign, is under contract until June 2023 having penned a new five-year deal in 2018.
Chairman Steve Parish and manager Roy Hodgson have always maintained a realistic stance on Zaha’s future, accepting that it is unlikely Palace will be able to keep him long-term – especially given his desire to play Champions League football.
Parish has previously made clear the club will not want to stand in Zaha’s way should an acceptable offer arise.