Chelsea given hope in efforts to sign Zaha

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It seems as though Chelsea’s chances of signing Wilfred Zaha could be on the up after the Crystal Palace ace replaced his previous representative with super agent Pini Zahavi… who just so happens to have a relationship with Roman Abramovich.

It is no secret that Zaha was hoping to secure a move away from Selhurst Park in the summer, with Arsenal showing a significant interest before opting to move for Nicolas Pepe instead. Everton were also a team that made enquiries about the availability of Palace’s star man, only to baulk at the £70 million price tag that was placed on the maverick player.

However it seems the latest club looking to bring Zaha in are Chelsea, with their transfer embargo lifted as we head into the January window the Blues are looking to gain some ground on their rivals at the top of the table and feel like bringing in Zaha will help them do exactly that.

It is expected that Palace will be holding out for at least £80 million, however it wouldn’t surprise me to see that figure drop a little once Chelsea come knocking. There is only so long they can realistically keep Zaha at the club before his frustration at being held begins to boil over.

It would be interesting to see where Zaha would fit into Frank Lampard’s system, with Tammy Abraham currently occupying the centre of the park and doing a fine job so far this season. A move to Stamford Bridge would likely see Zaha deployed out on the wings, where he has spent a significant portion of his career before taking on a more central role at times during his return to Palace.

Either way he would afford Lampard a level of flexibility that he currently doesn’t have on offer to him and the signing of Zaha likely wouldn’t have too much impact on the development of some younger players that have seen game time so far this season. It seems like a smart move across the board if Chelsea can get him for the right price.

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