Atletico Madrid enter race to sign Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha – Football Today
Atletico Madrid are keen on signing Crystal Palace attacking midfielder Wilfried Zaha, reports the Daily Mail.
The 30-year-old is out of contract at the end of this month and is currently weighing up his options.
Palace have opted to make Zaha their highest-paid player, offering him a £200,000-a-week deal.
The Ivory Coast international has until the end of June to decide on the offer.
He is regarded as Palace’s best-ever player, but an exit could be tempting as he eyes European football.
Zaha has never played in any continental competition, and Atletico are offering Champions League football next season.
They finished third behind Real Madrid and league winners Barcelona in La Liga.
Atletico manager Diego Simeone is known to be a long-term admirer of the English winger.
Saudi Pro League champions Al-Ittihad also want Zaha.
They have offered the former Manchester United winger a deal worth £9 million, after tax, to join them next season.
However, he wants to continue playing at a top level for a few more years.
More clubs are expected to join Atletico and Al-Ittihad in the race for his signature once he becomes a free agent.
Several Premier League clubs are also likely to show interest in recruiting his services.
Zaha has already been linked with Chelsea, but a move will depend on what new manager Mauricio Pochettino wants.
The Palace star has scored 72 goals in 315 games for the Selhurst Park club since he rejoined them in 2014.
He bagged 18 goals in 143 games while they were in the Championship.