Atletico Madrid plot late move for forward also of interest to Man Utd

Date published: Friday 2nd October 2020 2:20 - Samuel Bannister

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Atletico Madrid are set to rival Manchester United for the signing of Wilfried Zaha, according to reports.

Zaha has been regularly linked with a departure from Crystal Palace after impressing over the past six years, after returning from an unsuccessful spell with Man Utd.

The Ivory Coast winger is keen to test himself at a higher level again, although Roy Hodgson insists his future is still at Palace.

However, that hasn’t stopped Zaha being linked with a range of potential suitors. And according to The Guardian‘s Ed Aarons, two clubs remain in the hunt.

Aarons claims Manchester United are considering taking Zaha back to Old Trafford, but face competition from Atletico Madrid.

The La Liga side would only be able to move for Zaha if they got rid of Thomas Lemar first. The Frenchman was linked with Wolves and Everton last month, but now appears close to joining RB Leipzig on loan.

As for United, their pursuit of Jadon Sancho has not reached a successful conclusion yet, which may force them to look at alternatives in the last few days of the transfer window.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still wants to add another forward, and they could consider giving a second chance at Old Trafford to Zaha.

The 27-year-old has matured immensely since his previous spell at the club, who retain a 25% sell-on clause on him. Zaha has scored 42 goals from 222 games since rejoining Palace.



Zaha not ‘quite good enough’ for Liverpool or City

Last month, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher cast doubt on Zaha’s chances of completing a move away from Selhurst Park.

The former Liverpool defender denied that the Palace star was good enough for either Liverpool or Manchester City, while the clubs just below them may not be able to afford him.

“I think Jack [Grealish] is in a position similar to [Wilfried] Zaha at Palace,” he said. “The type of money to get him out of the club you are talking £60 or £70million.

“I don’t think they are quite good enough to play for Liverpool or Manchester City. Teams just below the top four, I don’t think they’d want to pay the money to get them.”

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