Chelsea and Manchester United reportedly look to have been given a possible transfer boost from Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson over the future of Wilfried Zaha.
The Eagles winger had a fine performance for his club this weekend as he scored in the 2-0 win against Burnley, and this comes amid ongoing transfer gossip surrounding the star and a potential move to a bigger side.
Zaha’s future at the Eagles looked in doubt over the summer, and he has once again being linked as a target for elite teams, with the Telegraph claiming he’s on the Blues’ transfer radar.
This makes sense for Chelsea after the departure of Eden Hazard in the summer while the club were under a transfer ban and unable to land anyone to replace the Belgian, while ageing duo Pedro and Willian surely also need replacing soon.
Zaha has also been connected with a possible return to former club Manchester United by the Sun, who suggest he would cost around £70m to prise away from Selhurst Park.
The 27-year-old star was praised by his manager Hodgson after the Burnley match, with the former England manager admitting it could be hard to keep hold of him if the Ivorian carries on performing like this – something that could alert Chelsea and Manchester United.
“We’ve never wanted to lose him,” Roy was quoted by the Evening Standard.
“But, when you’re Crystal Palace, and I think Burnley would regard themselves in the same situation, when a player does exceptionally well and there’s lots of clubs after them and prepared to pay big money, it’s not always that easy to keep hold of them.
“We can’t say to Wilf, ‘You’ve got to stay with us because we’ll be Champions League next year’.”