Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has admitted offers for Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka will “be assessed” this summer but insists the club does not want to sell the duo.
Zaha and Wan-Bissaka have been two of the Premier League’s standout players outside the top six this season and have subsequently been linked with transfers to the top teams.
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- Zaha has developed into one of the Premier League’s most dangerous attackers since returning to Crystal Palace from Man Utd.
- The 26-year-old signed a new five-year deal last summer amid reported interest from Chelsea and Spurs.
- Wan-Bissaka has become a regular in Palace’s defence this season and is being tipped as a future England regular.
- United have been linked with the 21-year-old but he has four years remaining on his current contract.
- Zaha has scored eight goals and provided seven assists in 27 league games this season, while Wan-Bissaka has been one of the best right-backs in the Premier League throughout the campaign.
Hodgson has said the club will not actively look to cash in on Zaha and Wan-Bissaka this summer, but admits any bids that do come in for the duo will be looked at.
“It (speculation) has been happening on a regular basis this season that Wilf and Aaron have been linked with other clubs,” Hodgson said, according to the London Evening Standard.
“We have moved to England now, we were in Germany for a while. We are back in England now – being linked with moves to bigger clubs in the Premier League.
“The good thing for me is one has a five-year contract (Zaha) and one has a four-year contract (Wan-Bissaka).
“The club is certainly in no way advertising them or promoting them as saleable objects. We would be more than happy to keep them.
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“But we just have to remain realistic and see what happens. If offers come in they will obviously be assessed, like everything else.
“As I heard Manuel Pellegrini quite rightly say the other day [when discussing Declan Rice’s future]: every footballer does have a price.
“The fact they have long contracts; that doesn’t mean to say their feet are nailed down to Selhurst Park or Beckenham here.
“But we have no interest in selling either player. Our aim, our intention, our hope is that we will start next season with both of those in our team.
“And if not, we will have to hope that the offers for them are sufficiently good that the club feels they will be worth taking.”
Where could Zaha and Wan-Bissaka end up?
There are question marks over whether Zaha would want a return to Manchester United after struggling at the club when he originally joined from Palace.
Wan-Bissaka, on the other hand, could be a good fit at Old Trafford with Antonio Valencia’s exit set to leave a gap in the squad.
Tottenham may also target a new right-back this summer due to the inconsistency of Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier, although a move for Wan-Bissaka will depend on whether Mauricio Pochettino is given funds.
If Eden Hazard leaves Chelsea for Real Madrid, a deal that has been mooted plenty of times, the Blues may look to Zaha as a possible replacement.