Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha is considering pushing through a January transfer in an attempt to depart the club, according to reports from Calciomercato.
Zaha, 26, has been with Palace since 2004, and despite departing for Manchester United in a £15m deal in 2013, the forward returned to Selhurst Park where he has since played a leading role in the Eagles’ frontline.
The Ivorian has been subject to a number of bids from the Premier League’s elite, namely Tottenham Hotspur and most recently Arsenal, but Palace CEO Steve Parish has stood firm over his valuation of the player and has so far refused to sanction the departure of the club’s prized £80m asset.
Zaha has previously spoken of a desire to challenge himself in the Champions League, with European football something that Palace are presently unable to offer. At the age of 26, Zaha is currently entering his prime and is understandably looking for an increased level of competition with one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
After another transfer window that saw Parish refuse bids from clubs playing European football, this time Arsenal, Zaha is reportedly set to demand a move away from Selhurst Park in January after growing frustrated at the club’s attempts to retain his services.
Whether Spurs or Arsenal would revive their interest in Zaha remains to be seen, especially after both clubs bolstered their attacking armouries with signings such as Nicolas Pepe and Ryan Sessegnon, but for now it appears that the Ivorian is adamant on earning a move away from south London.