Wilfried Zaha has informed Crystal Palace that he wants to leave the club this summer in order to fulfil his ambition of playing in the Champions League next season.
According to the Daily Mail, the 26-year-old met Palace’s chairman Steve Parish directly following the conclusion of the Premier League season to express his desire to move on.
A host of clubs have been linked with the Ivory Coast international over the past couple of seasons including Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Spurs and Borussia Dortmund.
Palace will be extremely reluctant to part with their talisman, particularly after he agreed a five-year deal worth a club-record £130,000 per week last summer, but are braced for offers.
Given the length remaining on Zaha’s deal at Selhurst Park and his importance to Roy Hodgson’s side, Palace have priced Zaha at £80m and plan to reinvest that in two or three players.
The Mail report also suggests that if Zaha is allowed to leave Palace, there would be a knock-on effect on Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s future, with the right-back thought to be of interest to Manchester United.
If Zaha leaves, Palace are unlikely to sanction the sale of Wan-Bissaka as well unless they receive a huge fee.
‘I’m too ambitious. And not ambitious just to play for a top club, but to win things at club level and with the Ivory Coast,’ Zaha told the Daily Mail last month.
‘I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity, that’s it. And I’ll do the rest.’
Zaha’s desire to play in the Champions League could rule out a return to Old Trafford where he endured a disappointing period in his career previously, as well as potentially Arsenal who need to beat Chelsea in the Europa League final to qualify.
In terms of goals, this season was Zaha’s best in the Premier League as he scored ten in 34 appearances while also registering five assists.