Crystal Palace today announced that highly coveted forward Wilfried Zaha has signed a new five-year deal with the club – which could make for a big regret for Chelsea.
The Sunday Mirror reported that the Blues were in pole position to do a £75 million move for the Ivorian earlier this month, but never ended up moving for the winger.
Chelsea might have acted differently had they sold Willian to Barcelona. The Brazilian was the subject of a number of bids from the Catalan giants this summer; the 30-year-old stayed put regardless.
The Right Deal?
Willian is a fantastic player and underrated by many. However, with Zaha having now signed a new deal at Selhurst Park, did the Blues do the right thing. Should they have kept hold of their man?
£65 million, the final bid reported by the Daily Mail, was a lot of money for a 30-year-old. Although Willian has excellent stamina/work rate, as well as good quality on the ball, that surely would have made sense to accept.
That could then have been used to fund a £75 million deal for Zaha; he’s widely considered the best player outside of the top six clubs in the Premier League.
The 25-year-old is extremely dangerous in the final third and is versatile enough to operate anywhere along the front line.
Most Feared Attacker
He has become more mature over the past few seasons following his failed stint at Manchester United. Undoubtedly he has the potential to become one of the most feared attackers in the Premier League – perhaps beyond.
His new deal is great news for Palace. It means he’ll cost considerably more for any club that wants to buy him over the next five years; including Chelsea. Perhaps the Blues should have acted with the future, and Willian’s eventual decline, in mind.