Chelsea have cooled their interest in making a move to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha in 2020 after the emergence of their young attacking stars, according to the Daily Star.
The Blues, alongside Arsenal and Everton, were linked with moves to sign Zaha throughout the summer after he issued the Selhurst Park outfit a transfer request, but head coach Frank Lampard has since thought twice on his potential capture.
Zaha issued Palace with a transfer request on the eve of Deadline Day in August (Guardian) after seeing a potential move to Everton fall through, when the Eagles rejected an improved offer by the Goodison Park side stating they would not accept anything less than £100million.
The Toffees became the only serious destination for a summer switch after Arsenal captured Nicolas Pepe from Ligue 1 side LOSC Lille, while Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban ensured the Stamford Bridge natives could not step in.
But Champions League side Chelsea were thought to be keen on a potential swoop once their FIFA imposed restrictions are lifted next summer, with previous reports suggesting that the Blues could step up their interest (Telegraph) by presenting an offer that would suit all parties.
Ultimately, the Ivory Coast winger remained at Selhurst Park and is now committed to Palace’s cause, with all thoughts of a transfer put on the back-burner as he focuses on performing at his best in South London.
The emergence of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and presence of Callum Hudson-Odoi in Chelsea’s attack has also ensured the West Londoners have cooled their interest in Zaha, with boss Lampard thinking twice on the benefits of adding the 26-year-old to his plans.
Chelsea taking a step back and focusing on their young forwards will be pleasant news for Crystal Palace, as the Blues would have been the most likely Premier League team of those credited with an interest in the summer to make a move next year.
Arsenal landing Pepe ruled them out of a move for Zaha, while Everton instead switched focus to luring Alex Iwobi away from the Gunners.
Zaha also putting his head down to focus on performing at his best at Selhurst Park will be a huge boost for Roy Hodgson, as the 26-year-old is yet to reach the form seen from him last season.
In eight league games – seven of which he has started – Zaha is yet to score and penned his only assist of the term against Norwich City at the end of September. He has also only played an average of 1.1 key passes per ninety minutes this term, which is his lowest average since his return to Selhurst Park, per WhoScored data.
Will this be Wilfried Zaha's final season at Crystal Palace?
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