Crystal Palace: £130k-a-week star 'would be happy' to stay at Selhurst Park

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Crystal Palace would consider selling Wilfried Zaha should an acceptable offer arrive, thinks Express journalist Ryan Taylor.

Zaha has entered the final 12 months of his £130,000 per-week contract and has been linked away from Selhurst Park.

What’s the latest news involving Zaha?

The ex-Manchester United star faces uncertainty over his future almost every transfer window, although there could be some substance this time around with this the final chance Palace have of receiving a decent fee.

According to the Daily Mail, Roma are ‘monitoring’ Zaha’s situation, while Chelsea, who wanted to sign the winger when Roman Abramovich was owner back in 2020, are also keen on prising him away from south London.

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Zaha has continued to be Palace’s main source of goals in recent years, hitting double figures in three of the last four seasons, which included a career high 14 under Patrick Vieira in 2021-2022.

Regardless, if the 29-year-old isn’t willing to sign a contract extension before next summer, the Eagles run the risk of losing his for nothing in 2023.

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Therefore, Taylor reckons that Palace will consider offloading him if they receive a suitable bid before 1 September’s transfer deadline.

What did Taylor say about Zaha?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “It’s a bit of a weird one now with Zaha because he’s starting to get on, you look at his age, he’s late 20s, which seems crazy to think. He would be happy to stay at Palace, but if an offer arrives, I’m sure it would be considered.”

How did Zaha perform against Arsenal?

Despite it ultimately proving a disappointing start to the season, with a Gabriel Martinelli strike and a Marc Guehi own goal securing a 2-0 victory for the Gunners, Zaha was unsurprisingly one of Palace’s best players.

In fact, according to WhoScored, only Joachim Andersen and Jordan Ayew outperformed the flying winger, whose inch-perfect pass created Palace’s best chance of the game when he put Eberechi Eze through on goal, only for the ex-QPR star to be denied by Aaron Ramsdale.

Zaha would have been frustrated to make more of Ben White being on a booking for more than 30 minutes, but he still managed two key passes and three successful dribbles, highlighting how he remains Palace’s main source of attacking creativity and why they should be doing everything to keep him beyond this summer.

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