Paul Merson sends Zaha warning to Chelsea

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Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this January transfer window, and the 27-year-old is currently valued at £80m.

Meanwhile, former Arsenal star Paul Merson doesn’t think Zaha is worth up to £80m as the Ivory Coast international doesn’t score enough goals.

The football pundit doesn’t believe that any top side can pay up to £80m to sign Zaha.

Merson wrote in his column for the Daily Mail: “Wilfried Zaha’s problem is that the only club he’s worth £80m to is Crystal Palace.

“He keeps them in the Premier League every year. Without him, they’ve got every chance of being relegated. He’s their saviour.

“He’s worth that money to them all day long, and I can totally understand why they would hold out for a fee that big.

“But who in their right mind is going to pay that for a player that doesn’t score goals? He’s scored three all season. THREE. Where else is he going to go?

“Liverpool and Manchester City don’t need him. Manchester United wouldn’t take him back after last time, and I doubt if Jose Mourinho would want him at Tottenham.

“Arsenal? That ship has sailed. And Chelsea are well-stocked for wingers. I don’t see why they need him when they have all these young players coming through with much greater potential.

“That’s the top six out, so where is he going to go? The best he can hope for in this country is an Everton. But they’re nowhere near the Champions League so is that good enough for him?

“He could try and go abroad but he’d be leaving the best league in the world. This is the place to play. And there are only a handful of clubs in Europe that could afford him.

“I just can’t see a European giant paying £80m for a player who won’t get you double figure goals every season.

“Sometimes you’re better off being a big fish in a small pond. Everything revolves around him at Palace. They play through him all the time.”

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