Star Crystal Palace Attacker Wanted In Paris: Should Roy Hodgson Cash In?

Crystal Palace may not be able to add to their squad after the deadline day, but they are definitely still in danger of losing star attacker Wilfried Zaha before the end of the European transfer window.

With the European transfer market still open, the Ivory Coast winger is now attracting interest from the French capital.

Reports from Mirror claim that PSG are ready to meet Crystal Palace’s £100 million valuation of Zaha if they lose Neymar Jr. before the European deadline day.

The story claims that Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are both interested in the Brazilian, which would then force the Ligue 1 side target a replacement.

Can Crystal Palace afford to lose Zaha?

The 26-year old is easily the best player at the club. His technique and work rate saw him earn a move to Manchester United from Palace back in 2013, but Zaha made just two league appearances for the Red Devils before moving back to London in 2015.

Ever since, he has been the lynchpin, around whom the squad has been built. In his second stint with Palace, he has 31 league goals in 150 appearances and is one of the major reasons for Palace’s continued presence in the English top flight.

Zaha’s guile and ability to run with the ball and make things happen have seen him attract interest from some of the finest clubs in the country.

His departure would undoubtedly leave a huge void in the squad.

Should Palace cash in if they receive a huge offer?

The former English international has already spoken about wanting to play for a bigger club, and also handed in a transfer request late in the English transfer window. So interest from PSG surely will turn his head away from Selhurst Park yet again.

Palace will certainly not sell him for anything less than £100 million, but if PSG do fancy meeting this asking price, the Eagles can do very little to hold on to their stalwart.

They will not be able to find a replacement, as the transfer window in England is shut but the £100 million Zaha will fetch will certainly help the club spend lavishly in January.

The addition of Jordan Ayew and the consistency of Andros Townsend could help them through till January. If the likes of Christian Benteke and Max Meyer find some form, Hodgson will have a plethora of talent to choose from to replace Zaha at the club.

It is a risk, as in the next couple of months, Palace could slump into a position hard to recover from, but their win at Old Trafford showed that they are still a quality side and selling Zaha and using the money to strengthen the entire squad might just be the best way forward for the club.

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