Chelsea are reportedly looking to the next available transfer window for when they can do business – that is currently set for the summer of 2020, at least until the club can register a player.
The transfer ban is likely to see manager Frank Lampard be creative with a mix of younger talent and experienced pros, potentially with one or two who assumed their futures at the club was over, playing key roles this season.
Now according to the Telegraph, Chelsea are eyeing up a swoop to outdo their London rival’s Arsenal and do a deal with Crystal Palace in the region of £60 million to sign Wilfried Zaha.
Arsenal are currently struggling to finance a deal for the Ivorian international, with Palace currently standing firm with a price-tag of around £80 million. However, Chelsea reportedly feel they can get him for £60m and possibly kick-in Michy Batshuayi – who impressed on-loan for the second half of last season at Selhurst Park.
The deal could also mean that Palace keep Zaha for another season before joining Chelsea next summer – ample time to find a replacement, as well as the Eagles gaining a striker.
Chelsea have plenty of transfer funds from the sales of Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata, with more expected to depart, so money won’t be an option and the club are likely to spend big once the ban is lifted.
Premier League club Everton are also in for Wilfried Zaha, but whether the appetite is there to go to Merseyside or to move within London to a club with guaranteed European football.

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