Manchester United Confirm Deal For Zaha


By Nathan Youd

Manchester United has agreed a deal with Crystal Palace to sign promising England winger Wilfried Zaha.

Zaha will undergo a medical today, and the move is likely to be confirmed early next week.

The 20-year-old has agreed a five-and-a-half-year deal at Old Trafford, which will see him loaned back to Palace for the remainder of the season, before joining his new United teammates on their pre-season tour in July 2013.

United will reportedly pay £10m up front, as well as £5m add-ons depending on trophies and international appearances.

Palace appeared reluctant to sell Zaha, with all hopes seeming to hinge on agreeing a loan back. But his rapid development has increased the demand for his signature, and eventually they couldn’t stand in his way.

Zaha is another impressive player to come off Palace’s production line, and he will join the likes of Chelsea’s Victor Moses and Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne in the Premier League, all of whom learnt their trade at the South London club.

Zaha is considered to be one of the biggest prospects in English football, and he made his England debut last year against Sweden, and is widely tipped to collect a second cap in February’s friendly against Brazil.

The England international has been one of the most talked about players during the current transfer window, linked with moves to a host of Premier League sides including Arsenal.

But Arsene Wenger denied the speculation linking Zaha to Arsenal earlier this week, putting United in pole position, and now it seems Sir Alex Ferguson has finally got his man.

What are your thoughts on Zaha? Are you happy or underwhelmed?

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  1. Very happy with the signing. He’ll require patience though. He’s come on a lot in the last year, although his form has dipped in the past couple of months, now his future has been resolved, he can hopefully end his Palace career well and continue to develop.

    Look forward to him joining us in the summer.

  2. Your club has managed to buy you not only one of the best young players to emerge in the english game for years.But a legend in the making
    Palace will be a sad place with out him. Just remember his song HES JUST TO GOOD FOR YOU sing it when he turns the opposition inside out. It will make him feel at home after all he has been with Palace since he was 10
    Good Luck Wilf Make Palace Proud

  3. Wilfried is a player who has got an ability in a player i haven’t seen created in this country. Having seen his debut in 2010 to his latest games, hes come on massively. When he first started playing he almost seemed to frustrate, with him being like any Championship winger beating a player once a game and creating a couple of chances each game. Now, he has gained consistency and is able to beat the first defender every single time, which I personally believe not a lot of English wingers can do. What Manchester United fans have bought here is a player who can become the next Messi, Ronaldo etc.. or be a total flop and be seen on cold Sunday mornings at your local park. Hopefully Manchester United will nurture him correctly and make us Palace fans proud.

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