Manchester United may have an inside track on one of the hottest starlets of the transfer season. There are two major factors that could help land Wilfried Zaha with the Red Devils in the January transfer period.
Zaha is extremely important to Crystal Palace on the pitch. He seems to be improving every match, and he has five goals this year.
With Crystal Palace sitting fourth in the championship table and ever so close to promotion, the willingness to loan Zaha back will be huge. That flexibility could go a long way in determining his landing spot.
The latter may have shot themselves in the foot as far as an acquisition of Zaha goes.
Arsenal head man Arsene Wenger reportedly angered Palace head man Ian Holloway with his public discussion of the young prospect. Per the Mirror, Holloway fired this retort after hearing Wenger's desires to acquire Zaha:
Who will land Zaha in January?
"I don't think anybody who manages any other club should actually admit who he likes and what he should be doing. I think that's totally bad etiquette. He can say what he likes but about his players, not mine."
This friction between decision-makers obviously works in Ferguson and Manchester United's favor. The bad blood would seem to make negotiations of a transfer difficult for Crystal Palace and Arsenal.
Because of the dynamic currently surrounding Zaha, Ferguson should be aggressive in pursuing what could turn out to be a valuable starlet of the future, but also an addition of depth in the present.
If Valencia is forced to miss time, and Nani leaves as expected, those two events could create a noteworthy void in the United lineup. Acquiring Zaha could be one of the most important transfer wins Ferguson secures in the last few seasons.
He must continue to be aggressive until he gets his man.
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