Zaha on the move: Who should sign the Crystal Palace forward?

Could this be the summers first mega deal?

The British summer transfer window officially opens today and there's already a piece of major news to come from it, one that will worry Crystal Palace fans.

Star man Wilfried Zaha has reportedly told the club that he wants to depart this summer, with a move to a Champions League club his ultimate ambition.

Since returning to Selhust Park for £10m back in 2014, the Ivory Coast international has gone onto flourish into one of the Premier League's most feared wingers. With his pace, trickery and ability to produce the unexpected making him a vital to the Eagles.

Roy Hodgson will be absolutely desperate to retain his talisman at all costs and Palace do currently hold all the power in this situation, with the 26 year-old currently just one year into the five-year contract extension he signed last summer.

It remains to be seen if it contains a release clause of any sort but the rumours are that the Eagles are demanding an absolutely staggering £80m fee for his services. This would make him the second most expensive signing in Premier League history (should he join another PL club) behind Paul Pogba and the 8th of all time in world football.

Zaha is held in the highest of regard by everyone at the club and the deal he signed last summer reflects that, with him the highest paid player in Crystal Palace's history. But should he hand in a transfer request and demand a move it could become extremely difficult to keep him.

Should this go through it'll be one of the biggest deals of the year and there's bound to be plenty of takers - but where should he go? We've taken a look at some of the frontrunners for his signature..

Arsenal - 1/1 @ SkyBet

Unai Emery's Arsenal the favourites (1/1 @ SkyBet) to sign Zaha and should they pull it off, it would be pretty much the perfect fit. The Gunners are guaranteed a spot European football next season with the possibility of the Champions League if they defeat Chelsea on 29th May in the Europa League - meaning he can test himself on a much bigger stage.

Arsenal are side that very much play on the front foot and love to attack, which plays right to the strengths of the Ivorian. They dominate possession and have two of the divisions most lethal strikers in Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick to call upon. So the prospect of Zaha arriving and forming an attacking trident with the duo is something that'll have Gunners fans drooling and it could be devastating for their Premier League rivals.

Unai Emery Arsenal
Signing Wilfried Zaha would be a massive coup for Arsenal and we could see him flourishing under Unai Emery

Emery is expected to add a few new faces to his squad over the summer months and one area that needs desperately looking are the wings - with Alex Iwobi the only recognised player in that area. Arsenal's front two have pace to burn but outside of that it's lacking, however the arrival of Zaha would change that. He has the ability to play on either flank or through the middle so his versatility would certainly come in handy.

But one thing that stands in the way of this transfer - as it will for most clubs - is the outrageous £80m price tag. That is way out of the ball park for the Gunners but if they could come to a compromise with the Eagles, we could see this being a fantastic transfer for the club.

Tottenham - 6/1 @ BetVictor

Another North London side are high up in the odds for Zaha's next club, with Tottenham Hotspur coming in at 6/1 with BetVictor. Mauricio Pochettino's men are expected to be active in the market this summer after a season of inactivity on the transfer front, with the likes of Ryan Sessegnon, Jack Grealish and Julian Brandt all linked with a move.

Spurs haven't actually signed a player since last January but that hasn't hampered performances on the pitch, with a top four finish secured and a trip to Madrid on 1st June for the Champions League final - an incredible achievement. Joining Spurs would meet his demands of playing in the European footballs elite competition and he'd also be working under one of the best coaches in the game in Mauricio Pochettino.

Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham Hotspur Spurs
Tottenham have been linked with Zaha for years and Pochettino could help him take his game to the next level

The Argentine has worked wonders since arriving at the club and he's improved so many players, which is fantastic news for Zaha. The lure of Spurs definitely looks more appealing than that of Arsenal due to CL football (which the Gunners still can achieve) but he may find playing time slightly more difficult to come by. There he'd be competing with Son Heung-Min, Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Dele Alli for a spot in a talented frontline.

But he would certainly add something different to their attacking armoury. Zaha is so direct and his pace, power & trickery would add an element of unpredictability to a Tottenham side that's looking to make up ground on the Premier League's top two. The transfer fee will once again be a stumbling fee but we could really see him flourishing under Pochettino if they could put it off.

Borussia Dortmund - 8/1 @ Betway

Now this would be a fascinating transfer. Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund have been credited with an interest in Zaha and signing him would really make a statement. It remains to be seen how much money is in the bank for them to pull off this deal but should Jadon Sancho depart there will be plenty to throw around as they step up their search for a replacement.

But if they can retain him and add Zaha, it would see them form a fantastic attacking line-up and it would be a move that'd definitely appeal to him. Playing alongside Sancho, Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer would result in lots of goals and Lucian Favre's men are also expected to add Thorgan Hazard to that line-up - so there's certainly exciting times ahead for the Bundesliga giants.

Jadon Sancho
Seeing the success of Jadon Sancho in Germany could encourage Zaha to join him

Much like Arsenal, Dortmund are known for playing attacking, expansive football so Zaha would fit right in there. They also have a good reputation for enhancing players careers so there'sno reason why he can't take his game to new heights there. As good as Zaha is he's never been a prolific goalscorer, but moving to a new country and league could make all that change so it'd certainly be an interesting move for him.

The rest of the field

Featuring lower down the odds you can find Zaha's former club Manchester United at 14/1 (bet365) which would certainly grab headlines. He was signed by the Red Devils back in 2013 under Sir Alex Ferguson for £15m, but it seemed too much too soon for him. But with United in a state of emergency at the moment and him maturing so much as a player, returning may not be the worst idea. He has unfinished business at Old Trafford and would certainly appeal to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who wants his side to play with pace on the counter attack.

At 16/1(bet365) are another Champions League finalist in Liverpool. A move to Merseyside would be a very difficult thing to turn down but playing time would be a real issue for him. The Reds have an established front three in Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah that would be incredibly difficult to displace and we'd be surprised to see Klopp spend so much money for someone as back-up. But should it happen, Zaha would be a ready made fit for the German and would add so much to their interchangeable forward line.

Liverpool Champions League Sadio Mane Mohamed Salah Roberto Firmino
Zaha would be a ready made fit for Liverpool but getting a spot in the starting XI would be a tough ask

And finally, also coming in at 16/1 (bet365) are another Bundesliga giant in Bayern Munich. The Bavarians are in the hunt for forwards following the departures of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, so a transfer that would be very appealing. Bayern are the dominant force in Germany so silverware would be a real possibility for him along with Champions League football - with them regulars in the latter stages of the competition. It would be fascinating to see how he gets on there but again like all of the potential moves - the asking price will act as something of a deterrent.


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