Zaha fears Man Utd clause could price him out of Palace exit again

Date published: Thursday 30th July 2020 2:45

Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha is worried that a clause Man Utd inserted into the deal when he left Old Trafford could scupper an exit from Crystal Palace again.

The winger has been expected to leave Palace in each of the last two summer transfer windows.

The 27-year-old actually signed a new deal after failing to secure an exit in 2018, but tried to force the situation last year by handing in a transfer request.

Zaha has attracted interest from Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton and Napoli in recent transfer windows.

His recent decision to part with Will Salthouse and link up with renowned agent Pini Zahavi has also indicated that he sees his future elsewhere.

And now The Sun claims that Zaha ‘fears being priced out of the market by Crystal Palace for a second year running’.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson is ‘ready to listen to offers’ but Palace are likely to ‘demand as much as £70million for their star player’.

But the economic impact of the pandemic, coupled with his drop in form means the price is still £30m less than Palace demanded this time last year.

Sell-on clause a major problem for Palace

The sell-on clause that Man Utd agreed with Palace when they sold him to the Eagles in 2015 will prove to be the ‘biggest stumbling block’ for any deal.

The Sun claims that United are entitled to ’25 per cent of any future sale’. Which makes it difficult for Palace to lower their demands.

Arsenal are no longer interested in Zaha but the report does mention ‘one possible solution’. That would be for Everton to offer £20m plus Alex Iwobi or Cenk Tosun as part of the deal.

The report also names Tottenham as an interested party, although they are reluctant to become ‘involved in a bidding war’.

 

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