Wilfried Zaha is “being pushed to Chelsea” despite Crystal Palace’s reluctancy to sell the player, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles.
The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent months, with Blues boss Frank Lampard desperate to bolster his attack in the January transfer window.
London rivals Arsenal were also tipped to sign him in the summer, but instead chose to pay a club-record £72m for Nicolas Pepe.
Zaha still has three years to run on his current Palace deal and will not be allowed to depart Selhurst Park on the cheap.
Yet Castles has suggested the Eagles could be tempted to sell him if they get their hands on Yannick Carrasco, amid reports claiming they are in talks over a loan deal for the former Atletico Madrid ace.
He also believes Zaha is “being pushed” to Chelsea, who are still keen on signing the player.
Blues boss Frank Lampard is looking to strengthen his attack this month
“We know Zaha wants out of Crystal Palace, we know that a number of agents have had mandates to move him in this window,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast .
“We know he is being pushed to Chelsea and there is interest from Chelsea’s hierarchy in taking him.
“My information is that Palace want to hold onto Zaha for the rest of the season for understandable reasons because he is the centre point of their attack.
And Castles believes the west London outfit could get their hands on Zaha if Palace sign Yannick Carrasco
“But I think they are savvy enough to realise the pressure from the player’s side to obtain a move is such that if one of those big clubs, who can afford to pay a proper transfer fee for him and Palace have been asking for £80million or more for the player and can afford to push his wages to a level of about £200,000-a-week,…