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.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 11: Cyrus Christie of Fulham and Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage on August 11, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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.

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – AUGUST 11: Willian of Chelsea in action during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Chelsea FC at John Smith’s Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 11: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace scores his team’s second goal past Fabricio Agosto Ramirez of Fulham during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage on August 11, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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.