Crystal Palace: 'Ship has now sailed' on high-profile deal for £36m Selhurst Park star

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira

The ‘ship has sailed’ for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha to move onto ‘bigger and better’ things, according to Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge.

Zaha has long been linked with a move away from Selhurst Park and has now entered the final 15 months of his current contract with his boyhood club.

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After establishing himself as Palace’s talisman with a string of impressive performances throughout the years, the 29-year-old has often flirted with the possibility of joining one of the Premier League’s top teams.

Arsenal appeared to come the closest to signing Zaha, who is valued at £36m by Transfermarkt, in the summer of 2019 before the club’s hierarchy opted to sign Nicolas Pepe instead.

Tottenham Hotspur and Everton were reportedly also keen to add the Ivory Coast international to their ranks ahead of 2021/22 before focussing their attention on alternative targets.

Now though, Zaha could be available in a cut-price deal as he will only have a year remaining on his existing contract when the market reopens for business.

It remains to be seen who comes in for the immensely talented star following the conclusion of this season and whether he is determined to secure a move to a top side or remain loyal to Palace once more.

What has Bridge said about Zaha?

Zaha signed for Manchester United in January 2013 but only made four senior appearances for the 20-time English champions before re-joining the Eagles two years later.

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And Bridge believes the skilful winger’s chance to join another top Premier League side may have passed, although the door may still be ajar to move overseas.

He told GiveMeSport: “To get anywhere bigger and better than Palace, I think that ship has sailed, unless he wants to maybe try abroad. He’ll have huge regrets that the United thing didn’t happen, and he was a bit unlucky really because obviously Fergie left, and the club were in a bit of disarray after that.”

Should Zaha remain at Crystal Palace?

Zaha is enjoying one of his most productive campaigns to date, registering 12 goals and two assists in 30 appearances across all competitions.

And his productivity in the final third of the pitch has helped to fire the capital club to a comfortable midtable position while also reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

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Yet Zaha must now decide whether to depart an improving and ambitious Palace side under the tutelage of manager Patrick Vieira in order for one last shot at European football and silverware.

Only Zaha knows what will give him the greatest satisfaction at this stage in his career, but it is unlikely that one of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ will come calling given how close his 30th birthday is.

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