The Lowdown: Zaha’s Palace future up in the air
The 29-year-old is a modern-day Eagles legend, contributing so much attacking brilliance over the years and proving to be a talisman time and time again.
A fresh claim further suggests that a January switch could be on the cards for the Ivory Coast international.
The Latest: London duo have “considered” Zaha
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones said that Zaha could be eyeing up a fresh challenge over the next couple of transfer windows, with two Premier League clubs from London having “considered” a move for him.
The transfer expert said:
“It’s a really key time for Zaha and, possibly, he will see the next two windows as a big opportunity to push the limits of his career a bit further.
“We know Chelsea and Arsenal have considered him, so it will be interesting to see if they would take the next step in trying to actually sign him.
“Palace should and I’m sure will do everything they can to convince him to stay though, of course.”
The Verdict: Will he stay loyal?
Zaha has remained so loyal to Palace for such a long time, ignoring plenty of transfer interest in preferring to be a bigger fish in a smaller pond, with all due respect to the Eagles.
However, turning 30 this coming Thursday, the Ivorian could feel that now is the last chance for him to get a high-profile move in his prime, which could finally see him leave the club.
The lure of Chelsea or league leaders Arsenal could be too great to turn down, especially as it would mean being able to stay in London.
Ideally, the hope is he stays at Palace for the rest of his career, but it would be difficult to begrudge him a transfer after giving so much at Selhurst Park, having entered the top 10 of the club’s all-time scoring charts.
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