Chelsea encouraged to make move for Premier League forward who is interested in transfer

Chelsea are being encouraged to make a move for a Premier League forward, it has been reported.

The player in question is Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha. Zaha is now 29 years of age and in the final year of his current Crystal Palace contract.

As a result, if he is to have a second crack at making it with a big side, he will probably need to leave Selhurst park very soon.

So, it is not too surprising to see it reported on Monday that Chelsea are being encouraged to make a move Zaha, with the attacker keen on making the switch to Stamford Bridge:

Who is encouraging the switch and what sort of fee Palace may demand it not revealed in the report. But as Zaha is now getting close to 30 and his contract is running down, he is unlikely to fetch the £70/80m Palace were once able to demand from potential suitors.

Is Zaha to Chelsea a good idea?

Chelsea were clearly in the market for a new forward this summer and, even after the capture of Raheem Sterling, that is not expected to have changed.

The Blues were eyeing Sterling at the same time as now FC Barcelona man Raphinha, suggesting the west Londoners have the budget for a second attacker.

And whilst Zaha is coming up on 30, more and more players are able to play at the top of the game well into their 30s, indicating signing the Ivorian may not be as bad a deal as it would once have been considered.

However, as Chelsea have just signed Sterling and also have Mason and Christian Pulisic on their books, you would assume that Zaha would be brought in to play through the middle primarily

But as he is not a natural centre-forward, perhaps Chelsea may be bettered severed looking elsewhere to provide competition for Kai Havertz.

On the flip side, Thomas Tuchel seems to be averse to using actual centre-forwards – see Tammy Abraham and Romelu Lukaku – so maybe a deal for Zaha does make some sense.

Whether he could provide the goals required as a starting centre-forward for Chelsea, though, remains to be seen.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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