Chelsea will keep monitoring Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha but are not interested in meeting his exorbitant price tag
Chelsea hold a long-standing interest in the 27-year-old forward, but they are put off by Crystal Palace’s touted £80million valuation, according to the Daily Express.
The Blues return to doing business in the transfer market this January after being prevented from signing new players in the summer for breaching FIFA rules regarding under-18 foreign players.
Zaha has emerged as one of Chelsea’s top priorities for the winter transfer window after Christian Pulisic and Pedro both failed to provide consistency and quality during the first half of the season.
Chelsea have been put off by Crystal Palace's £80 million ($105m) price tag for Wilfried Zaha, reports the Express.— SportzGlobal01 (@SGlobal01) January 8, 2020
The Blues have identified the 27-year-old as one of their main January targets as the club prepares to spend in the winter transfer window.pic.twitter.com/3JoU6jERaJ
Although he is given a hefty £150million budged by Roman Abramowich, Franck Lampard is unwilling to splash more than half of that sum to convince Palace to release their headline performer.
After Manchester United almost ruined his career, the Ivory Coast international moved to Selhurst Park in 2014 and quickly became one of the best wingers in the Premier League.
His performances and consistency throughout the years have recommended him to Chelsea, but Palace’s demands are throwing a spanner in the works.
Another potential setback in the Pensioners’ efforts to land Zaha is the player’s new manager, Pini Zahavi, who seems to be trying to broker his client’s transfer to Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs have recently joined the hunt for the ex-United flop, with Jose Mourinho looking to strengthen his attacking department in January to boost his team’s chances in the race for the top four.