Manchester United chief executive David Gill has today confirmed the club’s interest in promising Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.
Speaking to SkySports news, Gill said: “He is one of the players that we are looking at.
“That is all I will say at the moment. I’ve been in football long enough to say that is not done until it’s done. He’s one of the players we are looking at, but it is far from done.”
Zaha, who is regarded as the most talented English player outside the Premier League, has been linked to a whole host of clubs including United and Arsenal.
It has been interesting to watch this saga unfold with twists coming almost daily. First, the 20-year-old appeared destined to join Tottenham and then it looked like Arsenal but Manchester United are now believed to be in pole position to sign the highly rated winger.
At times, the saga has bordered on the realms of insanity with several newspapers publishing a picture of a ‘tweet’ from Zaha, despite it being faked.
The Sun reported that Zaha would join United today and while this appears a little premature, David Gill confirming the club’s interest in the player is the most concrete evidence yet.
Mike Phelan watched the Crystal Palace winger at the weekend, which is another clear indication that something is likely to happen in the coming days.
Any potential deal is likely to involve Zaha remaining with the Championship outfit until the end of the season and according to the Daily Mail, the fee will be £6 million upfront with that figure potentially rising to the £12 million mark.
The Ivory Coast born winger, who normally operates on the right, has made over 100 appearances for the Crystal Palace and finished last season with a very impressive nine goals and five assists in 49 appearances, as well as being impressive in Palace’s shock victory at Old Trafford last season.
United seem to be looking at a number of wingers with Nicholas Gaitan of Benfica being linked in recent weeks. However. Zaha is more in-keeping with the clubs transfer policy of signing young English players with Powell, Jones and Smalling all being signed in the last few years.