Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha is reportedly now being pushed towards a transfer to west London rivals Blues by his agents before Friday.
Duncan Castles said; “We know Zaha wants out of Crystal Palace, we know that several agents have mandates to move him in this window, we know he is being pushed to Chelsea, and there is interest from Blues.”
Ivory Coast international was a target for Chelsea earlier in the current window, but the stumbling block to any deal stays the south London club. Wilfried is their prized asset, and even if they were to sanction a deal for him, it will be on their terms.
Daily Star also notes that Castles believes that Roy Hodgson is in the market to sign former Atletico Madrid attacker, Yannick Carrasco as a possible replacement. If he’s able to secure the footballer from a Chinese club, Dalian Yifang, it may make any transition for Palace post-Zaha easier to bear.
The 27-year-old forward had urged his club to let him join Arsenal last summer, but the Gunners decided to turn their attentions to Nicolas Pepe instead.
The Ivorian forward joined Crystal Palace from Man United in 2015 with a €5m deal. He is one of the best forwards in the Premier League and a crucial figure for the Eagles.
If Frank Lampard comes in with a generous enough offer, it’s hard to imagine that Palace will turn it down, but the question now is whether it’s been left too late in this window to get any deal over the line. Chelsea heavily linked with Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and Lyon centre-forward Moussa Dembele.