Ex-Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan believes that his former club will be able to hold off interest for Wilfried Zaha in January despite the reopening of the transfer window upon the arrival of the new year.
Zaha was a wanted man in the summer, with Arsenal and Everton both heavily linked with luring the Ivorian away from Selhurst Park – though the Eagles would end up holding on to their player.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Jordan does not think such a tussle for the winger’s services will ensue next month – and would be very surprised if a team turns up with sufficient funds to seal his signature.
He said: “I would be very surprised. I would anticipate that Wilfried will go next summer. But I would be incredibly surprised that anyone’s going to spend the kind of money that would prise him from Palace – Palace are not under pressure to sell him.
“I think Palace will hold onto him, certainly until the end of the season.”
Zaha’s desire to leave the club in the summer was well-documented – with the 27-year-old making clear his ambition to play Champions League football.
Palace’s previous asking price in the summer may explain Jordan’s confidence about the immediate future of Zaha, with the Eagles thought to be demanding around £80m for him.
And with his would-be destinations both currently below Palace in the Premier League table, it would seem that securing European football (never mind the Champions League) would be a task perhaps most likely to be achieved in south London at present.
That would suggest Jordan may be right to imply that the signs are Zaha is set to remain at Palace a little longer – especially as the continental pursuits of many clubs beyond the current campaign remain unclear as the halfway point of the season approaches.
Whether Zaha’s hopes and dreams change in the meantime remains to be seen, though it does appear that summer will be the next best chance to nab him away from Selhurst Park.
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