Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha is always a threat when playing for Crystal Palace in the Premier League.  His pace and skill are excellent and he can cause even the best defender problems.  He has 8 goals and 8 assists in the Premier League this season, which is a good return for a player who is with a club in the bottom half of the table.

His performances continue to catch the eye of bigger clubs and having been linked with a move away from Selhurst Park in the winter transfer window and last summer, this year could be the one where Zaha leaves the Eagles.

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Wilfried Zaha

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Not that Zaha has played his entire career in England at Crystal Palace.  Having started the with under 18’s, he made a strong impression in the first team from a young age and earned a move to Manchester United in 2013.

Things did not work out at Old Trafford for the Ivory Coast international and Zaha moved to Cardiff City on loan before re-joining Crystal Palace permanently in 2015.  Therefore, a move back to Manchester United is unlikely although SkyBet offer 8/1 for Zaha to make a sensational return to the Red Devils.

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A Champions League Club

If Zaha does move from Crystal Palace this summer, he wants to join a team playing in the Champions League.  Speaking to the Daily Mail recently, Zaha said, “I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity, that’s it. And I’ll do the rest.”

That’s a clear ‘come and get me’ plea from the forward and will have sparked interest among clubs aiming to qualify for European football’s top club competition.  However, if Zaha is to get his wish, it could mean a move away from the Premier League.

Bundesliga club, Borussia Dortmund, are rumoured to be interested and they are sure to play in the Champions League next season.  With Christian Pulisic leaving to join Chelsea and Jadon Sancho rumoured to be heading to Manchester United, there could be a place in the Dortmund attack up for grabs next season.

Zaha is 5/1 with BetVictor to move to Borussia Dortmund before the close of the summer transfer window.

Premier League Interest

Perhaps the only English club where Zaha would have a chance of regular first team football and the opportunity to play in the Champions League is Tottenham Hotspur.  Mauricio Pochettino’s team have enjoyed a great run to the semi-final this season and will be keen to bolster their squad having failed to do so last summer.

The opportunity to link up with Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min would be too good to turn down and Zaha is 6/1 with Betfair to join Tottenham Hotspur in the upcoming summer transfer window.


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