Arsenal, Chelsea express interest in ex-United winger – reports

Date published: Monday 3rd April 2017 4:47

Premier League sides Arsenal and Chelsea have reportedly showed an interest in buying Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.

Zaha moved back to Selhurst Park following an unsuccessful spell at Manchester United where he only played in the Premier League twice in two seasons.

Now into his third season back at Palace he looks rejuvenated with six goals and seven assists in 26 Premier League appearances this campaign.

The Guardian reports that the Eagles will offer him a new deal in an attempt to ward off interest and he could become the club’s highest-paid player.

The newspaper continues by stating that the news of a potential fresh deal comes off the back of a number of Premier League clubs – including Arsenal and Chelsea – expressing an interest in the 24-year-old, to help with their betting odds for next season.

Tottenham are understood to have failed with a £15 million bid for Zaha in August last year and they may try to reignite a deal in the summer.

“In today’s world, a player of Wilfried’s capabilities, if you see them grow and become quality players for your team, and they help you win football matches, it’s bound to make interest from other clubs across the world,” Sam Allarydce said following Palace’s surprise 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

“When that day comes, we can’t moan about it, because we will have done all we can for Wilf – and Wilf will have done all he can for Crystal Palace — but he’s on a long contract, the chairman tells me, so there’s not that danger at the moment.”

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