Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Why Crystal Palace Wins in Wilfried Zaha Deal

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 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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It looks like Manchester United is set to swoop in and sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, one of the hottest young names in English soccer.

With that being said, Palace will be the biggest winners in this deal. From John Cross of the Mirror:

Premier League leaders United are believed to have offered £8 million plus add-ons—a loan-back option for the rest of the season and the promise of further player loans to Palace to boost their bid for promotion from the Championship—which take the whole package up to around £12 million.

It is understood Palace manager Ian Holloway, who has a close relationship with Ferguson, believes United’s deal to be the best offer, and it could be rubber-stamped in the next few days.

We can also reveal that Ferguson decided to move for Zaha after receiving a glowing recommendation from his son Darren, the Peterborough boss.

If you look at this deal for Crystal Palace, the team is getting pretty much all it could ask for and more. 

The fee itself for Zaha is about what you would expect, but the perks to this deal are enticing. The fact that Zaha will be returned on loan for the team to make a bid at moving up a division to the Premier League—and may be granted further loans to help in that cause—is huge.

Remember, there's a lot more money to be had for teams that play in the Premier League. In essence, selling Zaha but keeping him around for the rest of the season to help in that cause is the equivalent of having your cake and eating it, too.

For United, I would imagine this will keep Nani around until the summer, unless the team signs another winger in January or feels confident that Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck or Shinji Kagawa can admirably fill the role behind Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia.

This will certainly be a blow to Arsenal fans, as Cross notes that the Gunners were the only other choice for Zaha. Then again, perhaps Arsenal fans are used to hearing their team rumored for players but being out-bid.

One way or another, it will be exciting to see what all the fuss is over this Zaha fellow. He's been one of the hottest names in transfer rumors for much of the season, and it would appear his style of play on the wing will translate nicely in United's system.

Crystal Palace will be sorry to see him go, I'm sure, but the team looks like it will make out like bandits in his sale.

I guess it's safe to say that everyone is getting what they want in this deal.


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