Inside Football: Zaha to Join Spurs and Chelsea's Goalkeeper Panic

Dean Jones@DeanJonesBRFootball Insider at Bleacher ReportMarch 30, 2017

Inside Football: Zaha to Join Spurs and Chelsea's Goalkeeper Panic

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    Wilfried Zaha should have been on the verge of greatness when he joined Manchester United in 2013, but the move did not go to plan, and within two years, he was back at boyhood club Crystal Palace.

    That could have proved a career setback, but he responded with consistent good form for the Eagles, which has put him back in the shop window.

    Palace know it is only a matter of time before a big offer comes along, and Tottenham Hotspur are set to test his loyalty this summer.

    Inside Football is the Bleacher Report column that goes behind the scenes to discover which transfer moves are starting to take shape for the summer window.

    As well as the Zaha situation, this week B/R also takes a look at Chelsea's concern over who will be in goal next season, Romelu Lukaku's situation at Everton, Fulham's attempt to keep wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon and Newcastle United's battle for academy star Lewis Gibson.

Lamela and Sissoko in Danger at Spurs

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    Tottenham will press ahead with a move to sign Zaha at the end of the season, leaving both Erik Lamela and Moussa Sissoko at risk of being sold.

    Spurs have been chasing Zaha for the past year, and an offer of £25 million was seriously considered in the most recent transfer window.

    They plan to make room in the squad for him by selling at least one of their attacking midfielders, with sources indicating it is not impossible that both Lamela and Sissoko will become available for a transfer.

    Lamela has had hip surgery and will not play again this season, while Sissoko has made only six Premier League starts since completing a £30 million switch from Newcastle last summer.

    Zaha, 24, has scored five times and provided eight assists for Crystal Palace this season and is understood to be keen on the prospect of testing himself at another big club after failing to shine during his limited opportunities at Manchester United.

Futures of Courtois and Begovic in Doubt

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    Chelsea could be searching for two new goalkeepers this summer, as club officials fear they will lose both Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic.

    Courtois has moved ahead of Manchester United's David De Gea in Real Madrid's pecking order of goalkeeping targets, and sources have suggested he would find the move difficult to turn down.

    The Belgian is enjoying an improved season at Chelsea, yet it is felt La Liga is more likely to be his long-term home.

    I was recently told of an exchange in which the Blues goalkeeper visited a garage as he searched for a new car. When asked what he would be looking for next, Courtois replied: "Something with left-hand drive."

    The remark was most likely made as a joke, yet Europe could be on his mind.

    Courtois and Chelsea know of the interest from Spain, but while they wait to see whether a bid arrives, back-up goalie Begovic is mulling over his own future.

    The Bosnia and Herzegovina international expected more first-team opportunities at Chelsea and has hopes of becoming a regular starter next season. Therefore, he is likely to push for a move elsewhere in the top flight.

    Chelsea have been preparing for this situation, and in January, the Daily Record reported that they tried to sign Craig Gordon from Celtic.

Everton Fight to Keep £100M Romelu Lukaku

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    Everton remain confident they can keep Lukaku at the club despite his apparent refusal to sign a new contract.

    Club officials believe comments he made about his future were blown out of proportion and are confident the parties can still come to a resolution over an extended deal.

    Lukaku has interest from clubs in the Premier League and La Liga, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid among his suitors.

    His contract is set to expire at the end of next season, and Everton hope to secure him on a new five-year contract.

    One sticking point during the latest round of discussions over a new deal was the release clause that would need to be included.

    If any elite side inquires about his availability, Everton will warn them it will take close to £100 million to sign him.

Sevilla Take a Look at Ryan Sessegnon

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    Sessegnon has emerged as an exciting talent at Fulham this season, and Sevilla are the latest club to look into his availability for a summer transfer.

    The 16-year-old has become an important member of Slavisa Jovanovic's side, who are pushing for a play-off position in the Championship.

    A host of Premier League clubs already have an eye on him, with Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City all keen.

    Interest coming from La Liga indicates just how much of an impact the England under-19 international is making this term.

    The message from inside Fulham, however, is that the player will not be leaving anytime soon.

    There is confidence that he will sign a contract this summer to pledge his future to the London club.

Man City and United Admire Newcastle Starlet

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    Newcastle United are braced for a battle to hold on to Gibson, one of their brightest academy stars.

    Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City have all scouted the 16-year-old defender, who is considered to be one of England's most exciting prospects.

    Gibson, who has been called up to the England under-17 squad, is on scholarship terms on Tyneside, but Newcastle are eager to tie him up to a professional contract.

    The signs at this stage are not good, as it is beginning to look like he will leave.

    A source confirmed: "Newcastle have not seen many youngsters come through in recent years, so to lose Lewis would be a huge blow. They had earmarked him for a big future at the club."

    His brother, Liam, is also part of the Newcastle academy.