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Hodgson comments on Zaha’s Crystal Palace future but will anyone actually bid?

Sam Preston September 22, 2020
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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has admitted it would be tough to keep Wilfried Zaha at the club this summer if a big bid comes in, as per TalkSport.

Zaha has started the season in fine form and was instrumental in the stunning 3-1 win at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Hodgson acknowledges the club would likely sell if an offer matching their valuation of the Ivory Coast international came in.

But in the current financial landscape, with Zaha now 27, will that happen?

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He is under contract, he is not on the transfer list and we don’t want to sell him,” said Hodgson.

“But of course I would be naive to say a situation where the club doesn’t want to sell doesn’t mean you don’t get offers which are going to cause you some problems.

“I’m a realist and I realise that if a club comes in and pays what the club thinks he is worth and he desperately wants to go, it will be hard for us to keep him. But until that day comes, there is no point in me speculating.

“I can even hope that because Wilf is a Palace man through and through that he will see a team that could be getting better and looking to go forward and maybe he will accept that staying here isn’t quite that bad.”

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Zaha might now be in a position where his value to Palace is beyond anything another club would be willing to pay for him.

The enormous finances on offer in the Premier League mean that Palace can afford to hold out for a huge sum, in the knowledge that relegation would cost more and the chances of that would be increased if Zaha left.

They may also fall into the position Swansea were in when they sold Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton for £50 million.

Just because you have £50 million in your coifers, it doesn’t mean you can attract a £50 million player – and Zaha would likely move for more than that.

But that may not be something Palace need to worry about. There don’t seem to be many realistic suitors for Zaha – just as there weren’t for Jack Grealish.

That’s not this writer saying Zaha isn’t an outstanding player – he clearly is – just that circumstances mean Palace may not field any serious offers for him this summer. That would suit Hodgson just fine.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.