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Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha was keen to leave Selhurst Park this summer, and the winger made his transfer decision clear to the club.
However, Palace weren’t keen to see their best player leave the club as they turned down bids from Arsenal and Everton.
The Ivory Coast international even handed in a transfer request in a bid to force away a move but will now have to remain in south London for the time being at least.
Arsenal’s initial bid of £40m was blatantly rejected by Palace, while Everton were willing to put together a £100m package of cash plus players to sign the 26-year-old before yesterday’s 5pm transfer deadline.
The Toffees were also prepared to pay Zaha more than his current wages of £130,000-a-week to over £200,000 in a bid to tempt him to leave the Merseyside.
Zaha handed in a transfer request but all to no avail as Palace chairman Steve Parish held firm before it was announced later on deadline day that Zaha would not be going anywhere.
Chelsea weren’t involved in this summer’s transfer window due to the ban placed on the club, and rather the Blues worked within to put young players through and retain some old faces in order to have a good squad for the new season.
The Sun now claims that Chelsea are confident they can overturn the punishment they received from FIFA and will look to prise Zaha in January.
Chelsea are reportedly looking at overturning the ban in January and will stump up £80m to sign Zaha.
Everton and Arsenal went on to sign Alex Iwobi and Nicolas Pepe respectively, while Chelsea may end up having limited competition for the 26-year-old.
Speaking about Zaha’s state of mind, meanwhile, Palace boss Roy Hodgson said on Thursday: “He’s staying and we’re pleased about that. I sent him home, it being the last day of the transfer window, because it’s well documented he wanted to leave.
“His beef is with the chairman and the owners, because they didn’t receive an acceptable offer.
“But when you sign long-term contracts, you have to accept this kind of thing and come to terms with that. I certainly don’t have a problem with him.”