Paper Talk: £70m Liverpool, Everton and Chelsea target asks to leave

Date published: Friday 20th July 2018 8:28 - Oli Fisher

A £70m Liverpool, Everton and Chelsea target wants out, while Manchester City have issued an ultimatum to one of their wingers, according to Friday’s papers.



Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has told the club that he wants a summer move, according to reports on Friday.

The Sun claims that the Ivorian has turned down a turned down a new £125,000-a-week contract to stay at Selhurst Park, but his issue is not to do with money.

Instead, Zaha has the ambition to play for a bigger club, and the report hints that Everton and Borussia Dortmund are the most interested parties currently.

The 25-year-old sealed a £15m move to Manchester United for in 2013 but flopped at Old Trafford, moving back to South London two years later.

However, it is claimed that Palace would demand £70m to part with their star winger, who only put pen to paper on a five-year deal 15 months ago.

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The Mirror states that Everton want to make a part exchange bid for Zaha, with former Palace winger and Yannick Bolasie as part of the deal.

Eagles boss Roy Hodgson recently stated: “He is our player for the next four years and the club has no interest or desire to sell him.”

Reports in May first suggested that Zaha was ready to quit Palace and seek European football, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City all chasing the forward.

Manchester City were also linked, and the player has insisted that he has not been put off by his difficult time at Old Trafford.



Manchester City will sell England forward Raheem Sterling in 12 months if the 23-year-old does not agree terms on a new contract. Sterling’s deal runs until June 2020 but City will not allow any of their key players to run down contracts. (Mirror)

However, Sterling fears his chances of earning the deal he wants with the Premier League champions have receded following his performances at the World Cup this summer. (Telegraph)

Liverpool and Brazil midfielder Fabinho, 24, is trying to convince former Monaco team-mate Kylian Mbappe to join him at Anfield. Striker Mbappe, 19, won the World Cup with France earlier this month. (Liverpool Echo)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is the top target for the Japan FA as they look for a new national manager. The 68-year-old Frenchman has said he wants to stay in the game. (Mail)

Chelsea will target 19-year-old AC Milan and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma if 26-year-old Belgium international Thibaut Courtois – a Real Madrid target – leaves Stamford Bridge this summer. (London Evening Standard)

Juventus and Italy defender Daniele Rugani, 23, will join Chelsea on a five-year contract worth £77,000 a week, with the Blues paying the Italian champions a fee of about £44.2m. (London Evening Standard)

Brazilian midfielder Willian, 29, still wants to leave Chelsea despite the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as manager at Stamford Bridge. Willian fell out with former boss Antonio Conte last season. (Sun)

Arsenal are ready to sell England striker Danny Welbeck as new boss Unai Emery looks to trim his squad. Everton are reportedly considering a £15m move for the 27-year-old. (Sun)

Leicester City have agreed a £12.5m fee with Liverpool for 25-year-old goalkeeper Danny Ward and will meet with the Wales international in the next 24 hours. Ward is wanted by Foxes boss Claude Puel as competition for Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel, not as a replacement. (Telegraph)

Swansea City are in talks to sign Manchester City’s 21-year-old Kosovo midfielder Bersant Celina in a deal worth up to £4m. (Mirror)

Sheffield United have made a record £5m offer for 28-year-old English striker Martyn Waghorn from Championship rivals Ipswich Town. (Star)

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United’s Welsh striker Ched Evans, 29, is wanted on loan by Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town. (@SUFC_tweets)

Stoke City are close to agreeing a £10m fee with Huddersfield Town for 26-year-old English winger Tom Ince. (Telegraph)

The Potters are also close to confirming two more arrivals – Aston Villa and Wales defender James Chester, 29, and West Brom’s Republic of Ireland midfielder James McClean, 29. (Stoke Sentinel)

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Brentford’s Dutch winger Florian Jozefzoon, 27, has chosen to join Derby County over Leeds United and will sign a three-year contract. (Derby Telegraph)

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