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Wilfried Zaha: How wantaway Crystal Palace star could look at Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund


Wilfried Zaha’s apparent desire to leave Crystal Palace to play Champions League is likely to attract plenty of potential suitors.

Like a shark and blood, the Ivorian’s admission is likely to lure some of the biggest clubs in Europe to the bidding table this summer.

Zaha has reportedly told Crystal Palace he wants to leave this summer

According to the Daily Mail, Zaha met with Palace chairman Steve Parish this week and reaffirmed his desire to leave the club this summer.

Having scored ten goals and registered five assists in the English top-flight, clubs may perhaps be a tad reluctant to splash the cash on the 26-year-old.

Especially considering the south Londoners have slapped an £80million price tag on their star man, who came through the academy system.

After a disastrous 18-month spell at Manchester United, the winger returned to Selhurst Park in 2015 on a permanent deal.

Roy Hodgson has admitted he is powerless to stop Wilfried Zaha joining a bigger club

His desire to play Champions League football almost certainly rules out a return to Old Trafford, but there are no shortage of domestic destinations for Zaha.

North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are reportedly keen on Zaha, while Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund also want to prise the forward away from Palace.

So how could Zaha look at his potential new clubs, should he get his lucrative move this summer?

Scroll down to see the potential XI’s.


Arsenal

Although Champions League qualification depends on winning the Europa League Final for the Gunners, Unai Emery’s record in the competition speaks volumes.

Throughout last season, the Spaniard spoke of signing wingers for his side but ended up finding success with a 3-4-1-2 formation which relied on wing backs.

Zaha has added goals and assists to his game and has the trickery and pace to play in a No.10 role behind the lethal duo of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Could Zaha thrive behind Aubameyang and Lacazette?
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Tottenham Hotspur

As mentioned previously, Tottenham have a long-standing interest in Zaha which stretches back to the summer of 2016.

Spurs have not dipped into the transfer market since signing Lucas Moura in January 2018. Given how much game time and how successful the Brazilian has been, Zaha must surely be salivating at the possibility of working with Mauricio Pochettino.

Regardless of what happens in the Champions League Final, the Argentine will want to continue his development in north London and a marquee signing like the Crystal Palace star could be the way forward.

Zaha could inject more pace a trickery into Spurs’ frontline

Liverpool

Although fans may be surprised to see the Reds linked with Zaha, whispers have developed into a gradual crescendo given the speculation surrounding Sadio Mane.

The Senegal striker is a target for Real Madrid and could be tempted after five years in England. His role on the left-hand side of Liverpool’s attack has allowed him to develop his game in a way Zaha will surely be envious of.

In order to develop, the Ivory Coast international must become more consistent and develop his game in the way Mane has in order to make this move work.

Is Zaha the perfect replacement for Mane?

Borussia Dortmund

Under Lucien Favre, Dortmund have pushed Bayern Munich in the race to be crowned Bundesliga champions and their style of play is a huge factor in that.

With Axel Witsel and Thomas Delaney anchoring the midfield, Dortmund attack through Marco Reus and have unleashed Jadon Sancho to great effect.

With Zaha swapping wings and potentially even playing up front at times, Dortmund could be a serious threat in the Champions League next season.

Sancho and Zaha on the wings is an exciting prospect

 

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