Everton are set to look elsewhere next summer by choosing not to continue their pursuit for Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, according to reports.
The Ivory Coast international was heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park last summer, with one report suggesting that he was told by the club’s owner Farhad Moshiri that he would be a Toffees’ player by the end of the transfer window, as per The Athletic. With the Eagles valuing the attacker at £80m, The Times say that the Merseyside club are not willing to to pay anymore than £60m – after only making one bid of £52m for the 27-year-old during the warmer months.
Despite those developments, his current campaign has been far from his best – he has three goals and five assists in 25 Premier League appearances, in comparison to his 10 goals and 10 assists in 34 outings during the 2018/19 season. Although he has achieved an average of 4.7 dribbles per game this season (as per Whoscored), Palace’s position in the league standings suggests that he isn’t doing it often enough to provide more goals and assists for his team.
Having previously been deemed capable of stepping in the shoes of Eden Hazard by former Liverpool defender Jason McAteer (as per LFC TV, via Goal), he is a long way off that level at this time with Palace hovering just above the relegation places in the table. Furthermore, this justifies Everton’s firm stance on their refusal to bid more money than they feel is necessary.
Having flopped against what could have been his new club during the Toffees’ 3-1 win against the south London side, it was another day to forget for the former Manchester United winger. His 350th appearance proved that Everton were right to reject spending £80m for Zaha.
With wingers Bernard and Richarlison already on Merseyside, it would be a more logical option for the Toffees to go down this route instead. With 11 goals and five assists for Gremio in 2019, he is much more prolific and effective with possession.
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