Crystal Palace will not entertain the idea of selling Wilfried Zaha to Chelsea in January unless they get players in return.
That’s the view of former Palace striker turned pundit Clinton Morrison.
With the January transfer window now open the Ivory Coast star is once again being linked with a move away from his boyhood club.
Chelsea are one of several sides linked with a move and teams were put off by Palace’s £80m valuation last summer.
The Eagles once again will be sticking to their high price tag and Morrison believes Chelsea will need to offer Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud to convince them to sell.
“The only way I can see Crystal Palace selling Wilfried Zaha to Chelsea is if they get Michy Batshuayi, Olivier Giroud and money,” he told Sky Sports.
“I cannot see Zaha leaving in January, I cannot see the Palace chairman letting him go, he’s still so important to the football club.
“Without a shadow he will be gone in the summer but, for now, I still see him staying in January because Palace aren’t safe yet. If they sold Zaha it would be a big struggle to stay up.”
Palace have been linked with a switch for Giroud who is expected to leave the Blues this month.
Meanwhile, Batshuayi has previously been on loan to the south London club where he bagged five goals in 11 league games last season.
Wilfried Zaha is valued at £80m by Crystal Palace amid transfer interest from Chelsea
It remains to be seen whether Palace will make a move for either striker and they’ll be pleased to know Chelsea may not even pursue Zaha this window.
Speaking after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Brighton this afternoon, Lampard suggested the 27-year-old is not part of his plans.
“I wouldn’t talk about Zaha and the idea of that deal is something I’ve never even considered,” said Lampard when asked directly about trading Giroud to Palace as part of a deal.
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