Manchester United Transfer News: United Set to Sign Wilfried Zaha

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIJanuary 9, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace reacts during the FA Cup with Budweiser Third Round match between Crystal Palace and Stoke City at Selhurst Park on January 5, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Manchester United are reportedly closing in on a deal for Crystal Palace and England sensation Wilfried Zaha over the current winter transfer window.

The Red Devils were believed to be interested in the 20-year-old attacker for some time now, but were merely one of many Premier League clubs interested in the youngster. 

Yet with the latest news that Tottenham Hotspur will not pursue a deal for Zaha over the current transfer window, the Red Devils are thought to be the only club left remaining for the 20-year-old to join, with Arsenal already withdrawing earlier this month.

Per The Telegraph:

Manchester United's path to signing Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha looks to be clear after Tottenham insisted they would not pursue the youngster.

It is believed United are now in prime position to seal a deal, with rival clubs dropping out of the race because, privately, they believe Sir Alex Ferguson has already secured the player.

Spurs on Tuesday night moved to distance themselves from Zaha, but it is understood numerous Premier League clubs who were following his progress have taken a step back recently because they are sure he is United-bound.

The news comes as an interesting development for United, who are believed to be most likely loaning the 20-year-old back to Palace for the remainder of the season. What they will do after that and how his arrival will impact the Red Devils still remains to be seen.

Despite some disappointing performances this season, both Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are talented wingers who, on their day, can mix it with the best in the Premier League. They might not have shown it so far this year, but their proven track record at Old Trafford speaks volumes as to what they are truly capable of throughout the remainder of the season.

Thus any call to drop either of them would seem harsh and reactionary.

The most likely player that the arrival of Zaha would impact is Nani, who has already been linked with a departure from United for some time now.

The Portuguese international has been struggling to crack the first team outside of injury or players being rested, and has fallen a long way from how he was appreciated and perceived at the Manchester club two or three years ago.

Zaha would most likely cost United around £12-15 million in transfer money—a figure they would comfortably make up for with the sale of Nani, if they receive Transfermarkt's valuation of the player. The signs seem to point that way, anyway, if the England international does indeed move to the Red Devils this transfer window.

United might not have been the first choice for Zaha, and they might not even be the best possible landing destination for him this winter.

But they do appear to be the only club left interested in him at the moment, which seemingly makes them the favorites to secure his services for next season.

At least, it looks that way.


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