The decision as to whether or not Spurs should reopen their pursuit of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha may have just gotten a lot easier. The Guardian is reporting that Zaha is now in negotiations with Palace on a new deal to keep him at the south London club for another five years.
Ed Aarons writes that Zaha is content to stay at Palace, and Palace is ready to offer a new five year deal that will pay him £110k/week. That’s almost double his current salary, but Zaha is also an exciting young player with a lot of potential, and Palace has been very reluctant to entertain offers for him in the past.
Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly a big fan of Zaha, enough so that Spurs were very interested in signing him last summer. Palace essentially shut the deal down, with then-manager Alan Pardew saying that it would’ve taken “£50m-60m” to pry him away from Palace. But the links to Spurs never went away, and it was thought that Zaha was one of Poch’s top targets when the new transfer window opens on July 1.
Still, fair play to Wilf. That deal would represent good money for him, and if he’s happy enough toiling in relative obscurity at a Palace side that wasn’t that far from relegation this past season, well, who am I to say otherwise?
Spurs are most likely focusing their attention on CB, CM, and wide attacking midfielders this summer as they try and improve the squad for another run at the Champions League next season and another possible title challenge.