The transfer window in England has been slammed shut on 9th August, but Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, who were assessing the situation of Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha for a while, have now received a massive blow upon the announcement of a new deal that the attacker has agreed in order to commit his future in South London.
Zaha, 25, joined the Palace academy at the age of 12 and emerged as one of the most prominent names of club’s history. The former England international, who switched his allegiance to Ivory Coast last year, guided the Eagles to earn a Premier League promotion back in 2013 before completing a high-profile switch to Manchester United. There he had a brief spell under David Moyes that did not work out but a return to Selhurst Park engendered the best phase of his career that has now reached its peak during this second stint with his boyhood side.
The player has reportedly agreed a new five-year deal that has tied him down until 2023 and is set to receive a wage worth £130,000-per-week making him club’s highest-paid player ever.
The player expressed his delight on Instagram but has certainly frustrated the London giants who were chasing him extensively in recent months. Zaha notched 9 goals and assisted thrice last season and was arguably the most influential figure to guide relegation-threatened Crystal Palace finish 11th in the league under Roy Hodgson. He was valued upwards of £75m by the clubs which, however, is going to rise significantly upon his contract extension.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are hoping a new dawn under new boss Maurizio Sarri shaking off the shambles of last season and managed to keep hold of their on-demand attackers Eden Hazard and Willian despite failing to qualify for Champions League football. Pedro and Willian, however, are already in their thirties whereas Hazard’s decision of stalling on a new contract might force them to make significant attacking reinforcements next year.
Spurs, on the other hand, have already got enough quality down the flanks in Christian Eriksen, Heung-min Son, Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura, therefore, are not as vulnerable as the Blues as of now. Zaha has also shown his excellence as a centre-forward – a position that Sarri could not strengthen after failing to land Argentine marksman Gonzalo Higuain. The attacker could have been a solution to many problems at Stamford Bridge but might just have slipped away from their grip unless they turn up and splash the cash like they did for custodian Kepa Arrizabalaga late in the summer window.