Wilfried Zaha is on the verge of returning to Crystal Palace after Manchester United gave the go-ahead for the winger to leave Old Trafford, reports The Daily Mirror.
Zaha has failed to impress since his £15 million move from south London in 2013 and is set to rejoin the Eagles. However, there is still some confusion as to whether it will be a permanent or a temporary switch.
Van Gaal unsure
According to the report, Louis van Gaal is still considering whether to cut Manchester United's ties with Zaha or to give him the chance to earn a place in his team by sending him out on loan. Manchester United coaches were less than kind about Zaha when Van Gaal joined, but the Dutchman has been impressed with 21-year-old thus far.
With Manchester United already sanctioning his departure, it appears there may be a delay as Van Gaal continues to assess the England international.
Crystal Palace already have a deal in place with Manchester United to take Zaha on loan for the season with an option to make the transfer permanent if certain clauses are met. A fee of £2 million will be paid for the loan with Tony Pulis able to make a formal offer next summer should they retain their Premier League status.
Zaha has played his part by making it clear he wants to return to Selhurst Park where he made a name for himself as a teenager. Zaha was instrumental in Crystal Palace's 2012/13 campaign where they won promotion to the top flight.
Crystal Palace have told Manchester United that they are open to taking Zaha permanently this summer for the right price. However, it appears a loan deal is looking more likely.
Manchester United failure
Zaha, who will forever be known as Sir Alex Ferguson's last signing before retirement, arrived at Manchester United under new manager David Moyes. From the offset, he did not impress and failed to make the first team. The player made just two substitute appearances in the Premier League for the Red Devils before being shipped out on loan to Cardiff City.
Again the player failed to impress as the Bluebirds succumbed to relegation. It is now believed that Van Gaal cannot see a place for the youngster in his plans.
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