Chelsea to launch £80million transfer bid for Wilfried Zaha in January

first_imgChelsea to launch £80million transfer bid for Wilfried Zaha in January Wilfried Zaha was the subject of failed bids from Arsenal and Everton during the transfer window (Picture: Getty)Chelsea will launch an £80million bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha in January if they can get their transfer ban overturned.Frank Lampard has faced a testing start to his managerial career at Stamford Bridge, prevented from adding to the squad he inherited from Maurizio Sarri and opting to sell his most experienced defender in David Luiz to Arsenal on deadline day with the Brazilian said to have become a disruptive influence.According to the Sun, Chelsea are confident they can overturn the punishment they received from FIFA and will look to prise Zaha from Selhurst Park come the turn of the year.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe 26-year-old was coveted by Arsenal earlier this summer but the Gunners failed to tempt Palace with a £40m bid and subsequently turned their attentions to Nicolas Pepe, who ultimately cost a club-record £72m.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEverton, too, were unable to tempt the Eagles into selling their prize asset, who handed in a transfer request on Wednesday and did not train on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s first game of the season, ironically against the Merseysiders.The Toffees were prepared to put a cash plus players deal together worth around £100m for Zaha and pay the former Manchester United forward £200,000-a-week but Palace refused to budge.Everton signed Alex Iwobi from Arsenal on deadline day for close to £40m and are therefore unlikely to return for Zaha, leaving Chelsea potentially with a free run at the versatile forward. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Aug 2019 11:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Alex Iwobi joined Everton from Arsenal on transfer deadline day (Picture: Getty)Speaking about Zaha’s state of mind, meanwhile, Palace boss Roy Hodgson said on Thursday: ‘He’s staying and we’re pleased about that. I sent him home, it being the last day of the transfer window, because it’s well documented he wanted to leave.‘His beef is with the chairman and the owners, because they didn’t receive an acceptable offer.‘But when you sign long-term contracts, you have to accept this kind of thing and come to terms with that. I certainly don’t have a problem with him.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisementlast_img

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