Townsend declares he wants Crystal Palace stay

Justin GreeneAug 08, 2018

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is now facing an attacking headache with Brazilian global Willian set for a big money move to Manchester United or Barcelona, and Eden Hazard looking to force a move to Real Madrid. He's very much an integral part of our plans. 'So, my hope and my plan absolutely is that he will stay.

He could even consider lodging an official transfer request after Palace told him they would only consider an irresistibly huge offer. That's why he's getting talked about with big teams wanting him because I think he's at that point now where if big teams take him I think he'll kick on again because it's all there for him.

Zaha was also reportedly a target for Manchester City, but the club opted to sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City instead.

Zaha has been heavily linked with a move away from Selhurst Park after a standout campaign for Palace last season.

"He's ready because of the experience of Manchester United and then coming back to Palace and re-establishing himself as a top player", former England manager Allardyce said to talkSPORT. He's not only played out wide, but Roy has used him through the middle successfully.

And it now appears that this is what one Crystal Palace player seems eager to do, with a move that will better his position in London.

There has certainly been more talk of outgoings at Chelsea this summer than incomings but with just a week until the transfer window closes, it looks as though the Blues will make a signing or two.

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