A new English giant has joined the race to sign Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha, as per Mirror.
Despite being lured to United in a £15m-rated switch as Sir Alex Ferguson’s final signing back in 2013, Zaha failed to make an impact at the Theatre of Dreams under the management of the legendary Scot’s successor, David Moyes.
The wide-man spent most of his time with the Red Devils out on loan at Cardiff as well as Palace, and after failing to make a name for himself in Manchester, he soonafter re-joined the Eagles permanently in February 2015 for a mere £6m.
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Since his return, however, the 25-year-old has seen a dramatic revival of his career, as evident from the fact that he enjoyed his best ever campaign last season, wherein he netted 7 goals and bagged 11 assists to save his side from relegation.
The Ivory Coast international has been in top form this season as well, having made a tremendous impact and scored 4 times in 12 appearances after returning from a 2-month stint on the sidelines due to a knee injury.
Naturally, his top-drawer performances have attracted the eyes of several Premier League powerhouses. The player has already been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, and Spurs, but now, a new giant has joined the race, in the form of Man City.
Despite flying sky high in the Premier League table, Pep Guardiola intends to further strengthen his squad, in order to make his team a potent force in all of Europe and a genuine contender for the Champions League.
The Spanish tactician initially wanted to bring in Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez to bolster the City attack, and he almost succeeded in doing so back in the summer, only to see the move fall through due to the Gunners’ failure to sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco.
And now, with Paris Saint-Germain having supposedly joined the pursuit for the Chilean international’s services as well, Guardiola has identified Zaha as a potential alternative for the ex-Barcelona winger, should the latter choose to move to the French capital.
Palace boss Roy Hodgson, who previously admitted that it would be difficult to hold on to his star players even in the upcoming January window, shall face an even tougher task now that four of the top six clubs are monitoring his talismanic forward.
However, due to such high demand for their star man, coupled with his terrific form, the Selhurst Park outfit will ensure they get a fee north of £40m in exchange for Zaha’s services.
Written by Kunal Kambli
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