Opinion: Newcastle and Arsenal should be on alert as Premier League club open to selling star player

Wilfried Zaha could leave Crystal Palace in the summer as the London club look to cash in on the 29-year-old before his contract expires in 2023.

It seems like every summer Zaha has been linked with a move away from Crystal Palace, but now an Eagles team without its star player is becoming an increasingly acceptable backstage scenario at Selhurst Park, according to the Daily Mail.

This is the result of the club feeling increasingly confident that they can do without the Ivory Coast international, thanks to the appearance of Michael Olise this season and Eberechi Eze last season.

Palace sporting director Dougie Freedman deserves his share of the credit for that; his revamping of the club’s scouting department has been instrumental in discovering Eze and Olise, as well as Marc Guehi and Tyrick Mitchell, who have made their full England debuts.
Olise and Eze are the new kids on the block

Crystal Palace have been flying high this season, with the London club sitting in the top half of the Premier League at present and due to play Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final next week at Wembley.

The London club have relied on Zaha’s ability for a long time, which has yet to wane, as was seen in the Eagles’ 3-0 win over Arsenal on Monday night.

Zaha has played for the club since he was a boy, starting in 2004. He got his big break with Manchester United in 2013, but returned to wearing the Palace shirt on loan during the 2014/15 season before the Eagles made the switch. permanent. during that summer. That opportunity could present itself again this summer, but it remains to be seen who is interested in the 29-year-old.

In many ways, Palace’s attitude to selling Zaha hasn’t changed much; they have always been open to selling, ever since Zaha tried to force a move in 2019, but the fact is that no club has matched their valuation.

Whatever price Palace puts on Zaha’s head will determine whether there is a substantial market for the striker as he is not that valuable at 29 and if there are doubts about his age, clubs are likely to expect a year more. to make the move on him.

Could Wilfried Zaha be an option for Newcastle or Arsenal?

The question is, who would want Zaha? Manchester United have a lot of players in that position and it would be better to develop Anthony Elanga or try to get the best out of Marcus Rashford to partner Jadon Sancho. So that way would seem to be closed.

Arsenal could be a good option for the 29-year-old, as an upgrade from the out of form and underdog Nicolás Pepe. However, with Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka seen as and acting as the future of the club, would Zaha want to be a rotation player for the two youngsters and would Arsenal want to pay big bucks for a substitute? That remains to be seen, but the Gunners could do a lot worse as they surely prepare to make some changes to their offense this summer. His performance against Mikel Arteta’s men on Monday night will surely not have hurt his chances either.

A serious contender for the winger could be Newcastle United, with their newfound riches. The Magpies could pay the fee and there is a spot for Zaha on their favorite left side there, nudging Allan Saint-Maximin to the right. This could also be a good motivator for the 29-year-old to perform when he begins to enter his 30s. Newcastle could be seen as a challenge for the Ivorian and, if the winger performs, he could still be there when he finally reaches the levels he is trying to reach.

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