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Chelsea: Blues showing ‘real interest’ in Wilfried Zaha

Chelsea: Blues showing 'real interest' in Wilfried Zaha - Chelsea News

Chelsea are among the clubs to have shown a ‘real interest’ in Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, according to an update from insider Graeme Bailey.

The Lowdown: Zaha a Palace legend

The 30-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic career at Selhurst Park, enduring a failed spell at Manchester United in between but otherwise flourishing.

Zaha has scored 89 goals in 443 appearances for Palace, as well as registering 75 assists, and he will forever now be considered a genuine Eagles legend.

It could be that the Ivorian looks for one big challenge in his career before hanging up his boots however, with his contract expiring next summer, which is where Chelsea could come into play.

The Latest: Chelsea eyeing up move

Speaking to TEAMtalk, Bailey claimed that the Blues and Arsenal are two clubs who have long eyed up a move for Zaha:

“Wilfried Zaha can sign for another club within the next month, that is the reality facing Crystal Palace. Contract talks have taken place but a new deal for the 30-year-old does not look likely at this stage.

“Zaha still has a dream of playing in the Champions League in his career, but that only happens with a move.

“At this point the chances of staying in England look unlikely. Both Arsenal and Chelsea have shown a real interest in the past 12 months but he is not currently seen as a top priority.

“However, there is interest abroad, especially in France with Marseille, Monaco and PSG all expressing an interest in the past 12 months.

“There is also Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig in Germany, as well as interest from Spain and Italy.”

The Verdict: Is it too late?

Zaha remains a fantastic player who is capable of tearing defenders apart on his day, scoring six goals in 13 Premier League appearances so far this season and being hailed as ‘unstoppable’ by Clinton Morrison.

That being said, he is now 30 and arguably past the absolute peak of his powers, so Chelsea paying big wages for him could feel like a big risk to take.

Instead, Graham Potter may be better off signing someone in their mid-20s – a player who can be an immediate key man and remain at his best for five or six years.

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