Manchester United are primed to complete the signing of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha with Tottenham as well as other interested clubs dropping out of the running, according to the Daily Telegraph.
There were thought to be a quartet of teams chasing the highly-rated 20-year-old, however it is believed that Tottenham have become the latest to end their interest because they feel the player is on his way to Old Trafford.
Zaha is likely to be sold for between £10 million and £15 million, with it previously being reported that Palace will seek to take two or three players on loan from the purchasing club. Palace will also fight hard to keep Zaha until the end of the season as they seek to gain promotion to the Premier League. It has been said that United were willing to loan Zaha back to Palace for the remainder of the campaign.
Zaha has risen to prominence this season, with it long appearing just a matter of time before he leaves for one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs. The Ivory Coast born player earned a first cap for England back in November.
While Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that there will be no arrivals in this month’s transfer window, it appears that he is far from taking his eye off the transfer market.
The Manchester Evening News has reported that United are one of the clubs keenly pursuing Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini. Both Chelsea and Arsenal have also been linked to the Belgium international in recent days with revelations that he can depart for a side in the Champions League for a fee of £22 million.
Another local paper, the Liverpool Echo, however, claims that Fellaini’s release clause is higher than that reported and Everton are hopeful of keeping hold of the 25-year-old by qualifying for the Champions League.
While Fellaini would add the physicality missing from the United midfield, the Manchester Evening News also suggests that Ferguson is monitoring the situation of diminutive playmaker Luka Modric.
United were heavily linked to the Croatian before he joined Real Madrid for £33 million last summer, but he has since endured a difficult start to his time in Spain.
Like Fellaini, United are likely to have to wait until the summer before a serious move for Modric can be made.
If the summer arrives with Ronaldo still having failed to sign a new contract with Real Madrid, there is likely to be increasingly fervent speculation about the Portuguese forward’s future. The rumor mill is already in full force with reports suggesting that Ronaldo’s unhappiness will mean that he doesn’t sign a new deal to keep his at the Bernabeu beyond the summer of 2015.
That, it is believed, could lead Madrid being forced to sell Ronaldo in the summer, with both Paris Saint-Germain and former club Manchester United suggested as potential destinations.
While the latest reports in Spanish publication Marca have reported that Madrid are confident that Ronaldo will sign a new deal, PSG have continued to fuel speculation that the 27-year-old could move to the French capital.
“Cristiano Ronaldo? Paris Saint-Germain have become a club where anything is possible,” said PSG sporting director Leonardo. “However, he still has an ongoing contract with Real Madrid and we have to realize that he will not leave Madrid for just any club.“When we are discussing a possible transfer for a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, there are only four or five clubs that can be taken into consideration. PSG are one of those.”
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