Player declines contract offer from club to compel transfer to Chelsea
Chelsea’s pursuit of the Ivorian and Palace winger has gained momentum in the summer market. When his contract expires at the end of the current campaign, Zaha won’t be short of suitors; among the many domestic and international teams interested in hiring him are Arsenal and Chelsea.
The manager of Palace expressed his optimism that Zaha would remain at Selhurst Park when Vieira revealed in October that the two parties had begun contract negotiations.
The most lucrative contract in Palace’s history was orally given to Zaha, who already earns an estimated £130,000 per week, but according to the Daily Mail, negotiations are not going well.
Given that Zaha is perhaps the greatest player in Palace’s history, such a contract is not unreasonable, but it’s possible that the winger sees this as his final chance to join a top team before turning 30.
However, because his contract is about to expire, it will be much simpler to sign him this time around. Foreign teams will, however, get first dibs because they may sign pre-contract agreements on January 1.