Chelsea renewed negotiations with No.11 Ivory Coast international

London club would “probably be the best home” for Wilfried Zaha if he decides to leave Crystal Palace soon, says John Salako. Speculation regarding Ivory Coast international’s future at Selhurst Park continues to rage.

It appeared that a summer switch was on the cards at one stage, with the likes of Arsenal and Everton prepared to spend big on prising a Wilfried away from a Premier League rival. In the end, the deadline passed with no deals done.

That has, however, done little to curb the rumours regarding a next move, with Zaha not expected to be on the Eagles books for much longer. Ex-Crystal Palace footballer Salako accepts that is likely to be the case, with it possible that a move to Chelsea could be made once a transfer embargo is lifted at Stamford Bridge in 2020.

“Of course there’s still concern he could leave in January,” Salako said. “I think Chelsea would probably be the best home for him after their ban. They’ve got a fascinating young side there, and Zaha could come in and add to that. “He could well move there, but Gunners could come back with the money too. Anything could happen!”

John insists that nobody at Crystal Palace will hold a grudge once the day comes for the 26-year-old winger to move on, with the Ivorian forward having given some of his best years to the club across two spells.

A transfer to Man United in 2013 did not work out, but Zaha has flourished again in familiar surroundings to generate the interest now being shown in him.