Wilfried Zaha could be about to become one of the world’s highest paid footballers

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Wilfried Zaha deserves immense credit for the way he’s managed to rebuild his career following his failed move to Manchester United in 2013.

The tricky winger was Sir Alex Ferguson’s final signing as United manager but was never given a fair crack of the whip by David Moyes.

He wasn’t handed a chance to prove his talents by Louis van Gaal, either, and so left Old Trafford permanently with only four first-team appearances to his name in 2015.

Following the traumatic experience of failing to make his mark at one of the Premier League’s biggest teams, Zaha decided to return to his beloved Crystal Palace in the hope of rebuilding his confidence.

Many players in his position would have been mentally scarred by the events of the past couple of years and may not have fully recovered, but not Zaha.

The Ivory Coast international has shown exactly why Ferguson was so keen to bring him to Old Trafford in the first place, establishing his status as one of the Premier League’s best attacking players in the process.

His eye-catching performances, however, could see Palace lose him for a second time.


According to the Daily Mail, Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang have put an astronomical contract offer on the 26-year-old’s table.

Zaha currently earns a cool £130,000-a-week at Selhurst Park, but Dalian Yifang want to treble those terms in order to lure him to China when the transfer window re-opens next week.

If Zaha accepts the offer, he would be earning an eye-watering £390,000-a-week - making him one of the world’s highest-paid footballers.

Zaha has been offered a minimum of £44 million - after tax - over the course of four years.

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Moreover, the winger could also pocket an additional £2.5 million a year in bonuses, while the club have promised to fund first-class travel that will allow him to return regularly to the UK.

Dalian Yifang, who are managed by former Real Madrid player and manager Bernd Schuster, will make a formal offer to Palace when the window re-opens.


Because Zaha is their talisman, Palace are not expected to entertain any offers from Dalian Yifang.

However, considering the remarkable amount of money being offered to him, there is a chance that Zaha will force the issue.

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