CRYSTAL Palace have knocked back a loan offer from Bayern Munich for star man, Wilfried Zaha, standing firm over their £80million valuation of the winger.
Zaha has signed with super-agent Pini Zahavi in order to boost his chances of finding a move to a Champions League club this month, and quickly began to conduct talks with Bayern over a loan with a view to a permanent deal in the summer. However, Palace have no need to sell for anything less than their current valuation, paid up front. They certainly won’t consider a loan move to any suitor.
The winger admitted his head was “all over the place” earlier this season following a failed move away from the club over the summer, which resulted in a transfer request being handed in on the penultimate day of the window and manager, Roy Hodgson sending him home from training for a couple of days.
Chelsea are interested in a deal for the former Manchester United winger, who is contracted to Palace until 2023, as the Blues look to find long-term replacements for both Pedro and Willian now they are once more free to spend. Zaha is a close friend of Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich.
Palace are also reluctant to let any player go before they have significantly reinforced their own injury-ravaged squad. Hodgson is keen to add four or five new faces this month and could be without up to 11 players through injury or suspension when they face Arsenal this weekend.
All is not well in Bayern as, Serge Gnabry will not resume team training in Doha due to his Achilles tendon problem. The 24-year-old winger has only been able to do running exercises so far. After the training session on Wednesday morning, coach Hansi Flick did not rule out that Gnabry would return to Munich early.
Kingsley Coman will return to action later than expected. The France international, who sustained a capsule tear in his left knee in December will miss the Bundesliga reopener away to Hertha Berlin on 19 January and the match against FC Schalke on 25 January, according to Flick, Coman’s shin will be removed on Wednesday.
Robert Lewandowski and Lucas Hernández are making progress. Lewandowski is working towards his comeback in Munich and will probably be fit for the match against Hertha, according to Flick. Hernández is increasing his workload in Doha, but the reopener will come too early for the Frenchman.