There has certainly been more talk of outgoings at Chelsea this summer than incomings but with just a week until the transfer window closes, it looks as though the Blues will make a signing or two. Rumours of Willian potentially leaving have reportedly forced Maurizio Sarri into considering a move for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.
The Ivorian winger massively impressed last season at Selhurst Park under the watchful eye of Roy Hodgson and has attracted interest from some other top-flight clubs. Chelsea are said to be leading the race for Zaha ahead of Tottenham and Everton as the player supposedly likes the sound of a move to West London.
It’s no surprise that he is the subject of transfer rumours after so many match-winning performances last term; however, it is surprising that no one has made a formal bid for the Palace star since the end of the season. Several media outlets are claiming that the former Manchester United wideman has handed in a transfer request over the last few days but it could be purely hearsay with the news of interest breaking recently.
It’s hard to imagine Zaha pulling on the Blues shirt but it should definitely be welcomed if he does eventually sign with him showing time and time again his Premier League quality. One of the main criticisms of the skilful winger is that he was unable to make an impact during his time at Old Trafford but there is much more maturity in the way he plays and it’d be unfair to say he isn’t good enough.
Chelsea fans have taken this news as looking for a Willian replacement to prepare for the Brazilian leaving in the next seven days. Sarri has said that he “does not know the situation” of the ex-Shakhtar star along with Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois who have both been linked with moves away.
Keeping Hazard is the Blues’ main aim for the duration of the transfer window and it now looks a lot more likely than it has done since the conclusion of the World Cup. The same can’t be said for Courtois who has been heavily linked with a Real Madrid move with just a year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge.