According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United are set to launch a bid for Crystal Palace’s prodigy, Wilfried Zaha in the ‘next 48 hours’, as the Red Devils plan to pip fellow English clubs for the signature of the highly-coveted youngster.
Sir Alex Ferguson is apparently willing to shell out £6 million for Zaha, excluding add-ons, and has also agreed upon sending the England international back to Palace on loan for the remainder of the season.
Thus, here are three reasons why Zaha could be the ideal transfer for United.
Struggling Form of Valencia and Young
After a sensational past season, during which he was arguably the most consistent United player, Antonio Valencia has showcased a huge dip in form this term.
The new No 7 has been an anonymous personality on the right flank in most of the games-his crossing looks mediocre, he is unable to successfully beat defenders in one-on-one situations and the 27-year-old is also being criticized lately for being unable to create any spark in the final-third with his exhilarating pace.
Same goes for Valencia’s compatriot Ashley Young, who has frankly, been a disappointment since joining the Red Devils last summer and the recent knee injury will only hamper the Englishman’s chances of creating a favourable influence at the Old Trafford in coming weeks.
Thus, although he’ll be arriving at the end of the campaign, Zaha will still add the much-needed creativity to the United wings and also act as a competent and reliable back-up to Young and Valencia.
Luis Nani’s Possible Departure
Nani was once billed as the ‘promising future’ of the United team, but his unrealistic wage demands and inconsistent performances have seen the 26-year-old's relationship with the cub and the manager deteriorate.
Although Ferguson rejected any rumours of Luis Nani leaving during the current transfer window, his aforementioned wage-war with the United is bound to compel the latter to look for possible suitors in the summer so as to avoid the risk of losing the Portugal international for free in 2014.
Zaha, in this case, hence, comes as the prime player to replace Nani.
Even at 20, Zaha is much more consistent that Nani and the former England U-19 star's displays in the nation's second-division surely indicate that the lad has much more promise that his rebelling Portuguese counterpart.
It’s Either Manchester United or a Rival Club
In the past, we have already seen tons of Manchester United targets being snapped up by the Red Devils’ rivals.
During the summer only, United lost out on Eden Hazard and Lucas Moura to Chelsea and PSG respectively. Although it's too early to judge Lucas’ transfer as it was officially completed only at the start of this month, but Hazard is already flourishing in the Premier League.
If United don’t tie a deal for Zaha soon, chances are, one of their rivals will and the player could come back to haunt Ferguson and co. in the future.