Chelsea: Tuchel 'keen' to sign 'world-class' £30m star at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel watches on

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is keen on Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, claims journalist Simon Phillips.

The 29-year-old is one attacker the west London club are currently thought to be considering, and Phillips says he is a player who Tuchel likes.

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What is the latest news involving Zaha?

According to 90min, Chelsea are weighing up making a move for Zaha before the transfer window closes.

The Ivorian has entered the final 12 months of his contract so may not cost too much money, with Phillips telling GIVEMESPORT that Palace are likely to ask for £30m at most for him.

Zaha was in brilliant form for Patrick Vieira’s side last season, scoring 14 goals in 33 Premier League appearances.

He is not a player Palace will want to lose, especially this late in the window, but given his contract situation, it would not be a surprise if they considered offers for their talisman this summer.

What has Phillips said about Zaha to Chelsea?

While there have been no major developments yet, Phillips says Zaha is someone who could arrive at Stamford Bridge before September’s transfer deadline.

Speaking to GMS, the journalist said: “They [some at Chelsea] put the name to Tuchel and Tuchel was keen on him – he likes the player.

“Nothing has developed there, but he’s definitely an option that could come in towards these last couple of weeks in the window, and I’ve been told that a fee will probably be around 25 to 30 million if we were to do business there.”

Why does Tuchel like Zaha?

This summer has seen a shift in Chelsea’s transfer strategy. Having signed the likes of Saul Niguez, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech from abroad in recent windows, the Blues are now bringing in footballers with Premier League experience, recently adding Marc Cucurella and Raheem Sterling to their squad.

With Tuchel heavily involved in the club’s transfers right now, he has likely had a huge say on that, and it would now not be a total shock if he instructed Todd Boehly to make a move for Zaha, who has been described as a “world-class player” by former team-mate Andros Townsend.

The Ivory Coast international, of course, has plenty of experience playing in the Premier League. In the competition, he has made over 270 appearances and scored more than 60 goals.

Having watched Werner, who registered just four league goals last term, and other imports from foreign divisions struggle under his watch, that guarantee that Zaha can perform in English football’s top flight is probably what really appeals to Tuchel.

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