Wilfried Zaha switches agent to seal move after failed Arsenal deal

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal FC at Selhurst Park on January 11, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal FC at Selhurst Park on January 11, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Wilfried Zaha has finally changed agents in a bid to seal a move from Crystal Palace after his former agent failed to get him to Arsenal in the summer.

Arsenal's English midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles (L) vies with Crystal Palace's Ivorian striker Wilfried Zaha during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park in south London on January 11, 2020. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park in south London on January 11, 2020. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Arsenal were keen to land Wilfried Zaha in the summer and the player seemed more than a little keen to move across London. Whether Arsenal would have then signed Nicolas Pepe remains to be seen, but the fact is they were in for Zaha in a big way.

Nicolas Pepe (Photo via Instagram)
Nicolas Pepe (Photo via Instagram)

Not big enough for Palace, of course, who wanted £80m for him.

When Arsenal then signed Pepe, they seemed to step back from their Zaha pursuit, allowing Everton to jump in, only for the Toffees to encounter the same pricing problems.

In the end, they bought Alex Iwobi from Arsenal instead.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Alex Iwobi of Everton celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park on September 01, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 01: Alex Iwobi of Everton celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park on September 01, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Back in September, The Times [£] reported that Zaha had informed his agents in writing that he no longer wished to be represented by them and the FA were informed of a ‘dispute’ between the two parties.

Zaha reportedly cited his agent’s relationship with the Crystal Palace owner Steve Parish as part of the reason he wished to terminate their contract.

Now, Zaha has signed with super-agent Pini Zahavi which means we can assume Zaha won his dispute.

Daily Mail, 11 January 2020
Daily Mail, 11 January 2020

It looks unlikely that Arsenal will go back for Zaha, especially as his form has largely tanked and he’s shown himself to be a bit of a divey tantrum thrower.

He has three goals and three assists in 22 league games this season and against Arsenal on Saturday afternoon he didn’t manage a single effort on goal. He also mis-controlled the ball eight times, three times more than the next worst on the pitch, Sead Kolasinac with six.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace battles for possession with Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal FC at Selhurst Park on January 11, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Zaha is unlikely to remain at Palace for much longer, but only if someone is willing to meet Palace’s valuation, of course.

If not, he’s stuck there until 2023 when his contract, that he was happy to renew last summer, expires.

With Zahavi now on board, the sensible money will be on a move taking place.