Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has cooled speculation that the Blues will make a move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha during the January transfer window.
The 27-year-old is reportedly one of the London club’s key transfer targets but when asked about the Ivorian after yesterday’s 1-1 draw against Brighton, Lampard said a bid for the player his not currently on the agenda:
“I wouldn’t talk about Zaha and the idea of that deal is something I have never even considered. As I say I won’t talk about Zaha because he is not a player of ours.”
“If we have to do business we will do it in the way we see fit, to try and make us better. That’s behind closed doors as opposed to just announcing who we might want to bring in.”
Whether that will change in the near future, we shall see. One of the main stumbling blocks is Zaha’s price tag. Palace are said to be demanding up to £80m for the winger.
Considering the Ivorian international has scored just three goals and contributed three assists in 22 games this season, it does appear to be a pretty hefty asking price.
Chelsea are, though, struggling in the final third of the pitch at the moment, having scored only 36 league goals this campaign. The stalemate against Brighton was another example of the Blues failing to kill off a team, and Lampard may feel Zaha could provide his side with the extra dimension they need.