Sir Alex Ferguson is lining up a move to capture Crystal Palace winger Wilfred Zaha in January.
Despite a number of clubs chasing the signature of the 20 year old, Manchester United are reported to be willing to do ‘what it takes’ to get Zaha at Old Trafford, which could mean splashing out £20 million, according to the Daily Mail.
The other two clubs that are rumored to be interested are North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham, which could be an added attraction as London has been his home since the age of four after moving from Ivory Coast.
Zaha was recommended to Ferguson by his son and Peterborough manager Darren after the newly capped England international made such an impression in Palace’s 2-1 win over Posh.
Ferguson is hoping, if he claims the signature of Zaha, he will play in a similar fashion to that of Cristiano Ronaldo and we all know the impact he made on the premier league.
Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez, must be licking their lips at the prospect of Zaha pulling on the United shirt, with pace, skill and vision down either wing they will be looking for goals. Obviously Ronaldo’s level will be hard to reach for Zaha, but with Nani in contractual dispute, he could be the ideal player for United. You only have to look at the impact Raheem Stirling has made at Liverpool this season, pace and raw talent, with a mature head is very influential at the top level.
It is no surprise that Sir Alex has an invested interest in the tricky winger. Since selling Ronaldo in 2009 to Real Madrid, United have bought Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia, whilst already possessing the services of Nani, who are all fast skillful wingers and Zaha fits that pedigree well.
The United manager knows what kind of damage the youngster can do against top class players first hand, as Zaha played an integral role in Palace’s shock win over United in the league Cup quarter final last season.
The only question left to answer is whether Zaha can live up to the hype and pressure of playing for one of the biggest clubs in world football, but the 2o year old went a long way in answering that, with his brief England appearance against Sweden.
The only thing left for Ferguson to do is meet Zaha and Palace’s demands. Which could, in the circumstances with the predicted frenzy of interest, be quite high.