Manchester City is reportedly ready to launch a pursuit of Wilfried Zaha, a Crystal Palace winger, although they are said to face stiff competition to land the Ivory Coast international.
Pep Guardiola is keen to add even more firepower to what’s already a formidable squad, according to Daily Mirror’s Adrian Kajumba, and Zaha has caught the City boss’s eye.
Paris Saint-Germain, however, has also reportedly laid “foundations” for a possible deal, while Arsenal and Chelsea are both said to watch the Eagles sensation.
The city is seeing Zaha as a potential alternative to Gunners forward Alexis Sanchez. They came close to landing at the end of the summer transfer window, believed to be priced at around £40, Kajumba noted.
In the past couple of campaigns, the former Manchester United winger has made steady progress and at the moment he is playing the best football of his career. MailOnline ‘s James Dutton can see why certain elite teams have an eye on Zaha.
For much of the campaign, Crystal Palace languished near the bottom of the Premier League table, though their struggles weren’t down to Zaha. The 25-year-old had missed a portion of the season due to injury, leaving the Eagles in the final third to look toothless. The forward has been sensational to watch since his return to full fitness and helped Palace climb out of the relegation zone.
The winger is capable, powerful, and has the speed of blistering to get away from the defenders. He can devastate defenses when he’s on it, just like he did for Palace in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Leicester City in the Premier League.
Ste Hoare of FreshPressUK thinks that the winger would be ideal for City and represent value for money at the reported price: