PL club fear star player will leave for free after claims Chelsea want him

Report: PL club now fear they're going to lose their star player, after claims Chelsea are keen to sign him

Reports have claimed that Crystal Palace are fearful they’re going to lose star player Wilfried Zaha next summer.

According to The Daily Mail, the club are not close to an agreement with the 29-year-old, despite verbally offering him a bumper new deal.

Reports from the summer claimed Chelsea were keen to sign the Ivory Coast winger.

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It has begun to feel like it’s now or never for Zaha to get his move to a top six side, which he has thoroughly deserved over the last few years.

In fact, this season the 29-year-old is performing at his highest level yet. He has five goals and an assist in 11 Premier League games this season.

Zaha to leave for free

He has operated in either his natural left-wing role, or the central striker position for Patrick Vieira’s side, both to equal levels of success.

The Daily Mail have claimed that there is doubts that Zaha would be willing to accept a new offer from the Eagles, despite the reported salary making him the club’s highest earning player in history.

There has been speculation already that Chelsea will return with their interest for the Ivory Coast international next year, although he is now likely to be met with much more competition.

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With him potentially being available on a free transfer, any of the top teams in the Premier League would be delighted to add the dynamic winger to their side.

With Chelsea struggling to nail down wingers to start with much success so far, a match-winning figure like Zaha would be exactly the calibre of player Graham Potter would love to have at his disposal.

With Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic being utilised as wing-backs instead of wingers, it seems the Blues may be adding to their ranks next summer.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released