Manchester United have been a dominant force in the Premier League, and if they manage to sign Wilfried Zaha away from Crystal Palace, Sir Alex Ferguson’s club will be in good shape to remain one of the top clubs in the league for years to come.
According to David Hytner and Jamie Jackson of the Guardian, Ferguson believes Manchester United will have a deal in place for the young winger by the end of the week. Reports on the progress of the talks have been conflicting, but it seems Ferguson may end up getting his way soon.
Hytner and Jackson also reported that part of the deal will include loaning Zaha back to Crystal Palace for the remainder of the season, meaning Zaha will have to wait until next season to make an impact in the Premier League.
If Ferguson manages to secure a deal for Zaha, the future of his club will be brighter than ever. Zaha is incredibly talented, albeit a little raw. Still, his ability to beat defenders one-on-one is impressive, and Ed Malyon of the Mirror believes Zaha’s overall skills “are to be marveled at.”
The young winger is one of the biggest prizes of the midseason transfer period, and Manchester United is not the only club that has shown interest in him. According to Alan Nixon of the Mirror, the money the club is willing to spend for Zaha is indicative of “how badly Fergie wanted Zaha ahead of rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.”
Ferguson seems willing to do whatever needs done to secure a deal for Zaha—and for good reason. Adding a young, talented winger with Zaha’s ability and potential means continuity for a club always in search of improvement. Manchester United is the best team in the Premier League right now, and they will continue to build toward winning, even if it means spending top money.
Not every club is in the business of spending during the midseason transfer period. What separates Ferguson’s club is the owners’ willingness to spend to make the club better and to build for a title.
Zaha has plenty of talent and an immeasurable ceiling. At just 20 years old, he still has room to develop and mature, but his raw ability is exactly what Manchester United needs for sustainable dominance in the future.