Wilfried Zaha 'tells team-mates he wants transfer to Chelsea'


Wilfried Zaha has told his Crystal Palace team-mates he is determined to seal a move to Chelsea this summer, reports say. Tottenham are also interested in the Ivory Coast global.

He has already snubbed interest from Everton as he is reluctant to move north again, after a failed stint with Manchester United.

He is settled in London and showed his ability last campaign by hitting nine goals and providing three assists for Roy Hodgson's side.

The forward is being chased by Chelsea, but Palace are unwillingly to part with one of their most influential players. Signing another winger would only further limit his opportunities.

Zaha provides a viable option. He clarified that it had nothing to do with football, but didn't rule out the possibility that he could be on the move before the transfer window closes on August 9.

But, Chelsea are hopeful of finally landing the 25-year-old with an improved offer worth £45 million, plus £15 million in add-ons and a massive sell-on fee.

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"I'm afraid I prefer to stay in that world where I speak to the players and watch them train rather than follow what is happening in the mass media".

So who do the bookies have out in front in the race to sign Zaha?

The Crystal Palace winger has been heavily linked with a move away from Selhurst Park for a number of months after he seemingly single handedly ensured the Eagles' Premier League safety last term.

But, Chelsea will hope to seal the deal when they table their late offer for the Ivory Coast worldwide.

Maurizio Sarri is gearing up for a busy few days as he looks to further strengthen the squad he inherited from Antonio Conte and Zaha could be viewed as a potential replacement for Willian amid speculation surrounding his future.