Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha could leave the club in 2023 after turning down a new contract, according to reports.
The Lowdown: Uncertain future
The Ivorian’s current deal at Selhurst Park is set to expire at the end of the season, and having not put pen to paper on fresh terms, his future remains up in the air.
The Eagles will be presented with the final opportunity to cash in on the 30-year-old in January, though there are two Premier League clubs waiting to snap him up on a free next summer.
The Latest: Zaha being monitored
According to Football Insider, Tottenham are ‘keen’ on Zaha and are ‘keeping tabs’ on his situation, with the player ‘likely’ to move on at the end of the term having ‘rejected multiple offers’ to extend his stay at Palace.
Arsenal are another club to have been linked with the winger and could therefore be ‘in the race’ for his signature – there is expected to be a ‘major battle’.
The Verdict: Don’t let him go
Patrick Vieira will know exactly how important Zaha is to Palace, and having been labelled ‘unplayable’ by Tony Cascarino, even the thought of losing his presence in the team is a painful one.
The Abidjan native has posted a remarkable 164 goal contributions for the club, and his versatility to operate at centre-forward as well as on the flank is an added bonus (Transfermarkt).
Should Spurs or the Gunners come calling, Palace could find it difficult to convince him to stay, but it’s essential they do everything they can to keep hold of him.