Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City target will cost £20m, bleats Parish.
England wonderteen Wilfried Zaha will not be leaving Crystal Palace for anything less than £20million, the club’s co-chairman Steve Parish has insisted.
Winger Zaha, 19, has been scouted by Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, and bids are expected in January. But Parish has told the South London Press that the club’s prize asset isn’t going cheap.
“He is an extraordinary talent,” Parish said. “I said at the start of the season that keeping hold of Wilf would be like spending a lot of money on a transfer. Other sides can fly their kites but it would take £20m before we even got interested.
“He has got the lot, provided he keeps his feet on the ground and continues working so hard on his game – then it will all come.
“People would have to compensate us accordingly for losing his talent – that is what a transfer fee is.
“All the teams have got to understand that you get £60m in TV money if you get into the Premier League, which is where we want to get. So we’d need to be compensated for reducing our chances of getting there.”
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Even with the inflated prices top clubs are willing to pay for British talent, £20m for uncapped 19-year-old Wilfried Zaha seems mighty excessive.
After all, Chelsea paid Wigan just £10m for another ex-Palace star, Victor Moses, and the Nigerian had already proven himself in the top-flight.
There is no doubting that Zaha is an immense talent, who has dazzled in the Championship but the Premier League is a different kettle of fish and lessons should be learned from a third former Palace prodigy, John Bostock, who moved to Spurs at 16 in 2008 and now finds himself struggling for a game at League One Swindon Town.
Although Bostock is more of an example of a player who moved to soon, it illustrates that youngsters who impress in the football league are not guaranteed to make the step-up.
Zaha, however, does seem to have a sound head on his shoulders – to coin a footballing cliche – and is looks a future England international in the making.
As for possible fits in the Premier League, Liverpool are desperately lacking width and pace, while Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is always prepare to give youth a chance. Zaha, however, should perhaps heed Adam Johnson’s recent warning about moving to mega-rich Man City too soon.
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