Wilfried Zaha has apparently had enough of his boyhood club Crystal Palace. It’s probably not personal; he just wants to play Champions League football and Palace are unlikely to do that in his lifetime. (The Eagles haven’t been to Europe since a brief Intertoto dalliance in 1998.)
At 27, Zaha has little time to waste. In human years, he’s barely an adult. In football years, he’s almost old. Almost. So he understandably wants to speed things along as much as he can.
To that effect, he has switched agents recently, hiring the familiar and famous Pini Zahavi. A renewed link to Chelsea would be an easy to story to follow from there, but it would seem that Zahavi is trying a more creative approach, for now.
According to Sky Sports, he has rang up Bayern Munich, club in (minor) turmoil. But Bayern, who already sacked one manager this season and are currently four points off the pace in the Bundesliga — which they’ve won the last seven seasons in a row — are not desperate enough to pay the ridiculous sums, upwards of £70m, demanded by Crystal Palace, at least not right now.
Like Chelsea, Bayern might be more open to a summer move.
But with Zahavi at the Zaha-wheel, this story is far from over. There are over three weeks to go in the January transfer window. Brace yourselves.