Wilfried Zaha Transfer News: How the Crystal Palace Striker can impact Man Utd’s movement in the ongoing Transfer season.
Manchester United have had a hard time selling their players in the ongoing transfer season. Fans expect United to overhaul the side after a forgettable last season.
With United unwilling to sell their Key players or selling at a loss and the market inflated as it is, funds have become a problem. A Windfall from Wilfried Zaha’s transfer therefore, could just be the unexpected respite, United were looking for.
The Myth and Reality of United
Manchester United have long held a reputation that they are not constrained by financial limitations. United fans believe that the club can get any player it desires, and for the most part, money is a non-issue. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Perhaps Alexis Sanchez winning the golden boot for United, but that would be a close second.
Money is as big a factor in United’s decisions in the ongoing transfer season as it is for any other club in the world. This is the reason why they have refused to let go of Romelu Lukaku despite the Belgian wanting to leave for Inter Milan.
Inter have offered to take Lukaku on loan for two years with a premium and an obligation to buy. However, the Red Devils have refused the deal and have asked for money upfront instead.
United are looking for key inclusions but have balked at the outrageous asking prices. Following the market inflation fallout from the 2017 summer window, United believe prices are driven by the desperation of the buyer more than the motivation of the seller.
United can’t sell
They however, need to overhaul the team, following the disappointing season they just had. With a reported 100 million in their kitty, United will have to look for more ways to make funds available to them.
One way to achieve that is by selling. However, United have faced great difficulty in shifting their players. Marcus Rojo has been put on sale for several years but has seen no takers.
They will also have difficulties looking for buyers for Sanchez, and unless the Chilean engineers a dramatic turnaround in his fortunes at the club, he will continue to remain a financial burden at Old Trafford with his £400,000 wages until 2022.
United could easily make money off of wantaway stars Paul Pogba and David de Gea but the club have no desire of letting them go and hope to keep them in the club for as long as possible.
Unless a significant sale is made, United will continue to remain under the financial restraints of their own making. It is here that Wilfried Zaha plays an important role.
Wilfried Zaha has long made public his desire for a transfer to Arsenal. The Ivorian forward wants to ply his trade for the club he supported as a child. However, Palace has valued him at £80 million and Unai Emery doesn’t have the funds.
Crystal Palace could lower the prize and allow their star forward to make the move. Considering the circumstances in which he joined them though, it is unlikely.
Zaha joined palace in 2015 for £6 million. The forward returned to Croydon with a clause in his contract. One that would entitle United to 25% of whatever Palace earn after selling Zaha.
Crystal Palace tried convincing United to do away with the clause during the Wan Bissaka transfer discussions. United however, remained adamant that the clause would stay.
It is understandable why Ed Woodward refused to budge. Bissaka was sold for 50 million. Zaha being a bigger star, could easily fetch almost the double of that.
Considering, Zaha’s desire to move to a club that plays European Football and United’s own inability to shift players, the Ivorian could turn out to be United’s biggest money bringer this summer.
Little did United know back in 2015, that a player they sold for a mere 6 million would come back and impact their movement in the ongoing transfer season. United now will hope that whoever employs the service of the Ivorian, shells a hefty amount.