According to The Telegraph, Wilfried Zaha is open to a Manchester United return. Crystal Palace value him at £100 million.
Zaha is said to be growing restless at Crystal Palace, after rejoining the club from United in 2015.
Zaha was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last signing at United, but never got to play under him, with a deal agreed for him to link up in the summer of 2013. Fergie retired just before Zaha joined.
The fleetfooted winger is clearly overpriced at Palace’s value, and United could potentially knock money off a deal.
One good thing Ed Woodward did was negotiate a 20 per cent sell on clause as part of Zaha’s exit. So if he headed elsewhere for £100 million, United would get a fifth of that fee.
So United could bring the price for an outright sale down to £80 million, but even then Zaha would be overpriced.
He has improved since leaving United, but given that he failed the first time, there are doubts over whether he could cut it this time, especially considering the state of restlessness among the fanbase at present.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the wildcard which makes a Zaha move feasible.
Solskjaer has already signed Zaha once, when he was manager of Cardiff, he brought Zaha in on loan from United.
He went as far as comparing him to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Solskjaer told The Express in 2014: “I don’t really want to compare Wilfried with Cristiano, but he has quick feet like Cristiano, he is brave like Cristiano and wants to go forward.
“But he is young. He has got to make a decision about how good does he want to be and how he loves this game.”
Zaha played 13 games under Solskjaer, providing one assist.
He has since improved and this season he has scored into double figures for the first time in his career in the Premier League with 10 goals in 36 games.
Re-joining United would be a big step up, but his reported willingness shows he is not afraid of the challenge.
Jadon Sancho is seemingly off the radar after United’s failure to reach the Champions League.
With Zaha, it will all come down to price. If United can bring Palace down to a more palatable £50 million, it might seem reasonable. To some, that will still be too much.
Solskjaer’s previous work with Zaha, in which he also defended him from criticism from Alan Shearer, gives this rumour more of a chance of coming off. But £100 million? Forget paying that.
Really, it’s Zaha’s Palace teammate Aaron Wan-Bissaka who United really need at right-back.