EPL

Zaha tipped for January move as Chelsea circle Palace star

By Sports Desk December 05, 2019

Wilfried Zaha deserves to play for a "top club" as his agent Federico Pastorello said the Crystal Palace star could leave during the January transfer window.

Zaha wanted to depart before the start of the season but neither a move to Premier League rivals Arsenal nor Everton materialised after Palace held firm.

Refocused and in form, former Manchester United forward Zaha has been linked with Chelsea, who are hoping to overturn their transfer ban.

Pastorello revealed Ivory Coast international Zaha could be involved in a busy January window.

"I think he really deserves a new challenge and a top club, because he is really a top player," Pastorello, who also represents Inter star Romelu Lukaku, told Sky Sports News.

"It is surprising me because I read about a possible move in the summer but he stayed again. But this season he is proving that he is very focused and concentrated, so think he could be another good opportunity in the January market.

"The January market can [usually] be really calm. As the number of transfers there is about one third as many than in the summer. But there are some very good and interesting opportunities for the clubs that sell, because maybe a club really needs that player and is ready to pay a little bit more because of emergency.

"There have been a lot of changes in the Premier League in terms of managers. Sometimes when you do that you need to face his needs tactically. So expect maybe Tottenham being a bit more protagonist in the market, maybe Manchester United too.

"Let's see what happens in Chelsea too, because the ban is not sure. If they remove that they may need to do something. In Europe there are some clubs like Inter and AC Milan that maybe need to improve their squad."

Related items

  • Mourinho hits out at Conte as Inter chase Eriksen Mourinho hits out at Conte as Inter chase Eriksen

    Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho hit out at Antonio Conte for speaking publicly about Inter's pursuit of Christian Eriksen.

    Eriksen, 27, is out of contract at Tottenham at the end of the season and has been heavily linked with a move to the Serie A side.

    Mourinho reignited his feud with Conte as speculation continues over Eriksen, criticising the Inter boss for discussing the midfielder publicly.

    Conte is reported to have said: "Eriksen? We have to go to people who have already had a career, who are at the end of their contracts."

    "I think Antonio, I think Antonio. I think it was publicly. He is very positive that Eriksen is coming to Inter," Mourinho told UK newspapers when asked who from Inter had been quoted about the Dane, via The Guardian.

    "We shouldn't speak about players from other clubs until they become our players. You ask me about Gedson [Fernandes] since the moment Gedson's name was on the screen and I told you nothing.

    "You protect everybody. Is it a question of respect? I don't want to give you a headline. That's up to you.

    "If Inter are confident, they are confident because they are ready to make us an offer, which didn't happen yet. So when I see people speaking, especially people with responsibilities, I am a little bit surprised."

    Mourinho coached Inter from 2008 to 2010, leading the club to two Serie A titles and a Champions League crown.

    But the Portuguese tactician said no transfer move would impact his relationship with the club.

    "This is not my Inter. I have no connections with the people [running the club] so I think it's nothing to do with that," Mourinho said.

    "Nothing can change my feeling with Inter. It's not a situation with a player that is going to change my feeling with the club and the fans. No chance."

  • Klopp: Impossible to repeat Man Utd's dominance under Ferguson now Klopp: Impossible to repeat Man Utd's dominance under Ferguson now

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes it is impossible to match the dominance Manchester United enjoyed under Alex Ferguson.

    Ferguson led United to 13 Premier League titles, a run that began in 1992-93 and ended 20 years later.

    Liverpool are aiming for a first league title in 30 years and hold a 14-point lead at the top ahead of hosting United at Anfield on Sunday.

    But Klopp believes times have changed so much it is impossible to dominate like United did across the 1990s and early 2000s and Liverpool managed in the 1970s and '80s.

    "To be honest I don't think it is possible. I don't think the dominance like they had is possible again," he told UK newspapers.

    "Football changed completely, the power of different clubs changed completely. We made a couple of good decisions – that is why we got better. Other teams have the same chance.

    "Players are coming up, make decisions. If a midfield player comes on the market and one club doesn't need him, the other club needs him and can get him. Next year he might not be on the market.

    "It is like up and down."

    Coming off a second-place finish last season, to go with the Champions League crown, Liverpool are unbeaten through 21 league games this campaign.

    But while he accepts his side may not dominate, Klopp wants Liverpool to be regular contenders.

    "I wouldn't say United in their time won a lot of games 4-0 or 5-0 but they were predictable wins, and that is clear," he said.

    "We won a lot of games 1-0 or 2-1 and had to really dig in properly to do so, so I don't see this type of thing.

    "But it is important that we can fight every year for it and that is all I need."

  • Can Man U snap Liverpool's win streak? Can Man U snap Liverpool's win streak?

    This weekend all eyes turn to the EPL where Manchester United tackle unbeaten Liverpool.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.