Manchester United are set to take a £12 million hit on Wilfried Zaha, with Crystal Palace ready to pay just £3 million to ensure that his loan move is made permanent in the coming days.
The young winger, who was purchased from Palace by Sir Alex Ferguson for £15 million in 2013, has struggled to live up to expectation at Old Trafford, and the only real chances he’s been handed have been away from the club.
Having spent most of last season on loan at relegated Cardiff City Zaha was offered little reprieve by Louis van Gaal, and former club Palace have utilised his services since the start of this campaign.
Now though it’s said that they want to make the perfect transfer U-turn, with Alan Pardew ready to spend some of his January budget on taking the 22-year-old back to Selhurst Park, according to The Guardian.
The same report claims that as part of the deal to land him Palace will agree to pay United a further £3 million if he meets certain performance-related targets, although in total the Red Devils will be taking a hit of just under £10 million, best case scenario.
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Thanks to Adidas’ cash injection of £750 million - virtue of their new sponsorship deal - set to kick in this summer, such sums are negligible, yet it will still be a source of disappointment to those who touted Zaha as one of the Premier League’s brightest prospects for the future.
His efforts during the season that saw Palace earn promotion were commended up and down the country, and even his cameo’s for England - after being handed a call-up to the senior squad - inspired excitement in his abilities.
Under Van Gaal however it would seem he has no pride of place, and most supporters will react with little surprise if he becomes the next man out the door. Swiftly following him could be the quartet of Nani, Anderson, Darren Fletcher and Nick Powell, who are also reportedly on the brink of Old Trafford exits.
With United looking set to spend big in the summer there’s no room for passengers, and Van Gaal has developed a clear understanding of who he wants in and out of his squad.