Manchester United Transfer News: Latest Update on Transfer Target Wilfried Zaha

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIJanuary 21, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace in action during the npower Championship match between Crystal Palace and Bolton at Selhurst Park on January 19, 2013 in London England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha hasn't signed a deal with Manchester United over the transfer window, but the chase will continue for the talented youngster.

Reports earlier had suggested that the talented 20-year-old had signed a £15 million deal with the Premier League giants over the winter transfer window.

The Daily Mirror reported that a deal had been struck after United manager Sir Alex Ferguson met Zaha in a top London hotel after his side's 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur on the weekend. 

Manchester United have agreed a staggering £15 million deal to sign wonder kid Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace.

Boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been backed by his money men in his bid to land the England starlet and Palace have accepted a fee that guarantees them £10 million.

The extra £5 million will come in appearances and achievements and the whole total is more than the Eagles could refuse for their young attacker.

However, that report was conflicted just hours later by Sky Sports, who reported that no deal had yet been struck between the two clubs.

They said that whilst United were keeping close tabs on Zaha and most likely in negotiations with the club about a potential deal, no official agreement or figure had been reached between the two clubs and that negotiations would continue.

Per Sky Sports:

Crystal Palace have denied suggestions a deal has been struck for winger Wilfried Zaha to join Manchester United... telling Sky Sports they have not given Zaha permission to talk with the Premier League leaders and no deal has yet been struck.

Arsenal and Tottenham are among others said to have been tracking the 20-year-old's progress, although United remain favourites to land him.

However, they also suggested that a move from Zaha to Old Trafford could be in the cards in the near future—suspending the market on where the England international would be playing next season after receiving a number of substantial bets that it would be Manchester United.

Despite seemingly conflicting reports, what is clear is that Manchester United are getting close in their negotiations for Zaha over the winter transfer window.

Whether a move will transpire this time, or whether the Red Devils will have to wait until the summer transfer window, still remains to be seen. Regardless, the Manchester club are clearly the front-runners for the talented winger and want to sign him for next season at the club.

Nani continues to be unimpressive out on the left flank for United, and with neither Ashley Young or Antonio Valencia standing out this year as well, Ferguson seems keen to bring in some young talent to revitalize United's wing-play.

The incoming Fair Play regulations—whatever they might be—may also be forcing the swiftness of this deal given the fact that Zaha is English.

Whatever the case, United are clearly keen on Zaha and will sign him at some point in the near future—that is something that can be guaranteed.

The Guardian reports that Ferguson did not travel with his side to Qatar for warm-weather training, but remained in England to wrap up a deal for Zaha.

They go on to suggest that the Red Devils' willingness to loan Zaha back to the Championship club for the remainder of the season has been pivotal in giving them the upper-hand over other clubs in negotiation talks.

Sir Alex Ferguson is confident of signing Wilfried Zaha for £12 million from Crystal Palace by the end of the week, with the aim of loaning the winger back to the Championship club for the remainder of the season.

The Manchester United manager remained in England [and didn't travel to Qatar] to finalise the deal for Zaha, who has emerged as one of the most exciting talents outside the Premier League.

The 19-times champions appear to have won the race to sign Zaha even though Palace's stance has been that the 20-year-old is not for sale, as he is important to their promotion push. But United's willingness to loan him back to Selhurst Park for the season's final months has helped smooth the way towards an agreement.

Thus, with all of that news coming to light in the past 24 hours or so, it is fairly safe to assume that significant progress has been made in negotiations.

Manchester United are expected to wrap up a deal with Zaha before the end of the transfer window, and given the information on hand at the moment, will most likely sign him for around £10-15 million and then send him back on loan to Palace for the rest of the year.

The exact details will come to light when a deal is finally struck between the two parties—whenever that might turn out to be in the transfer window.

Whether United have overpaid for Zaha is another question entirely, with the winger facing a large price tag that he has to live up to next season. 

Given the way in which the Red Devils' last big signing—Robin van Persie—has lived up to his hefty price tag, you'd think it was fairly safe to trust their judgment on this one as well. Having said that, the fact he has never played in the Premier League will likely count as a strike against the 20-year-old.

Either way, Zaha clearly has a big future in the English Premier League and, according to all reports, that future seems certain to start at Old Trafford.


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