Roy Hodgson Refuses to Rule Out Wilfried Zaha Departure Amid Chelsea Interest

​Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has admitted he cannot categorically rule out a January departure for winger Wilfried Zaha, who has been heavily linked with Chelsea in recent weeks.

Chelsea are on the lookout for new wingers to replace the ageing duo of Willian and Pedro, while Zaha is reportedly ​one of six names under consideration at Stamford Bridge ahead of the January transfer window.

Speaking after his side’s 1-1 draw with ​Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday (via the ​Evening Standard), Hodgson warned that ​Zaha – a summer target of Arsenal and Everton – would not be sold easily, although he refused to rule anything out.

“My only solace with Wilf is that he has got a three-and-a-half-year contract and as far as I know the club is in no desperate need to sell him. We aren’t about to go bankrupt so as far as I am concerned,” Hodgson said.

“I’m counting on Wilf, I’m delighted to be working with Wilf but when the transfer window is coming around I can never say exactly what will happen. I will have to adjust, as will the club, to anything that comes our way.”

Zaha bagged his third goal in five league games in impressive fashion on Monday, proving why ​Chelsea are interested in striking a deal.

Roy Hodgson,Wilfried Zaha

A move for the 27-year-old has certainly split supporters, the vast majority of whom are concerned by the potential cost of such a deal.

Everton are understood to have lodged a bid worth over £70m for Zaha during the summer, but Palace were not interested in doing business – despite the winger handing in a transfer request to try to force the move over the line.

It seems likely that ​Palace will demand a similar figure in January – undoubtedly a lot of money to pay for a player who has just three goals and two assists in 17 appearances this season.

Alongside Zaha, the Blues are pondering moves for Jadon Sancho, Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey and Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze to address their lack of depth out wide, while also acting as the creative successor to Eden Hazard. 

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