Chelsea interest cools as Zaha agent switch opens up European avenue

Date published: Tuesday 7th January 2020 12:46

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European powerhouse Bayern Munich have opened talks with want-away Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha after his change of agents has ramped up the prospects of leaving Selhurst Park.

The 27-year-old’s future has been the subject of much speculation in recent times, with the London club rejecting a £70m deadline day bid from Everton in the summer for his services.

The forward reportedly had his heart set on a move to Arsenal with a desire to test himself in the top echelons of European football, but a move failed to materialise.

Following the halving of their transfer ban, Chelsea had been touted as a potential landing spot, but manager Frank Lampard was quick to distance himself from a move with his quotes last month.

The Eagles talisman switched agents to Pini Zahavi earlier this week in a move suspected to be with the intention of accelerating a move away, and the latest report from British newspaper The Mirror reveals that change could be paying dividends already.

The publication states that Zahavi has “reportedly held talks with Bayern Munich over a potential transfer.”

A move to Bavaria  seems unlikely to take place in the current window, however, owing to the unresolved situation regarding Philippe Coutinho’s loan move potentially being turned permanent.

The Mirror continue: “A move to Bayern would make sense, but their priority is making Philippe Coutinho’s loan deal permanent at the end of the season.”

The cost of acquiring the Brazilian on a permanent basis would be £109m for the Bundesliga heavyweights, meaning Zaha would represent a cheaper alternative should their finances require.

Meanwhile, Italian big hitters Inter Milan are set to ready an offer as Olivier Giroud ‘seriously’ considers a Chelsea exit.

A reunion with ex-boss Antonio Conte could be on the cards, with the Italian manager reportedly keen to add another striker to his ranks given that the club have Europa League commitments beginning next month.


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