Chelsea fear Wilfried Zaha wage demands ‘would upset’ the dressing room

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard fears that Wilfried Zaha’s wage demands could upset the dressing room at Stamford Bridge if they were to sign him.

The Blues have been linked with a big money move for the Ivory Coast international, who wants to leave Crystal Palace.

But the 27-year-old is believed to be demanding £200,000-a-week to make the move across London.

Lampard thinks that paying him that much could disrupt the dynamic among players at the club.

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Only two players in the Chelsea first-team are payed wages that substantial at the moment in Kepa Arrizabalaga and N’Golo Kante.

And transfer expert Ian McGarry also believes it could impact ongoing contract negotiations with the likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount if Zaha was paid the huge wages.

He told Reach PLC’s Transfer Window Podcast: “They also had an interest in Crystal Palace’s left-sided attacking midfielder Wilfried Zaha, similar kind of player but 28.

“I’m told that the wages Zaha is asking for Chelsea believe would upset their dressing room.

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard fears signing Wilfried Zaha could disrupt the dressing room
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“He wants in excess of £200,000-a-week. Currently there are only two players on that money at Chelsea which you may find surprising.

“But actually if you look at their squad it’s very young.

“There’s only two players in the first-team who are on in excess of £200,000-a-week.

“Zaha is looking for substantially more than that and Frank Lampard has said he doesn’t want a player coming in on that kind of salary when they are currently in negotiations over new contracts for Tammy Abraham, with Mason Mount and Reece James.”

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