Wilfried Zaha set to axe agent after failing to seal transfer away from Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha set to axe agent after failing to seal transfer away from Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha is set to leave his agent after failing to seal a move away from Crystal Palace in the summer.

The forward is contracted with Unique Sports Management (USM), who brokered some of the biggest deals of the summer, including Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s £50million move from Selhurst Park to Manchester United.

Company director Will Salthouse was informed of Zaha’s wish to end the contract in writing, according to The Times.

The report claims the FA, who deal with contracts between players and agents, has been notified of a “dispute” between Zaha and his representatives.

In Zaha’s reasoning was the long-running relationship between Salthouse and Palace chairman Steve Parish, who have reportedly invested in the same businesses in the past.

Palace wanted around £80million for Zaha and received offers from Arsenal and Everton, which they rejected.

After the summer transfer window, Parish said: “I’ve watched him (Zaha) every week for ten years so there’s even a bit of me that wants to see what he can do at a top club.

“I wouldn’t want to be the person who stopped that. He deserves to get there. I hope it happens and sometimes it mystifies me he’s not up there already.

“We’re lucky to have him. But if that top club comes along and the money’s right, he’s an extraordinary talent and it’s going to be very difficult for us.

“It was just at that moment we weren’t aligned. Aaron Wan-Bissaka went to United, so if top clubs come in for our players with the right money, then it’s a timing issue.”

Zaha was believed to desire a move to Arsenal, who he supported as a boy, but was generally in search of Champions League football.

“For me to be better, to achieve what I know I am capable of, I have to aim to play at the very highest level, to win trophies,” he told the Daily Mail in April.

“I’m blessed to have come this far in my playing career. But I feel like there is so much more I have to offer. I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity.”

Published at Thu, 12 Sep 2019 13:33:00 +0000