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Wilfried Zaha is 'open' to the idea of joining Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia

Wilfried Zaha is 'open' to the idea of joining Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has been linked with a move away from Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha is interested in making a move to the Saudi Pro League, say reports.

The 30-year-old Ivory Coast international, who has made 23 appearances for club and country this season, is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2022/23 campaign after turning down multiple offers to extend his contract at Selhurst Park.

There will no doubt be plenty of suitors for Zaha, who was linked with Arsenal and AC Milan in January.

And according to the Evening Standard, the former Manchester United forward has offers from three Saudi clubs, including Al Nassr – the club Cristiano Ronaldo joined last year in a record-breaking move.

It also sounds like Zaha is contemplating a move. In fact, the report states he is open to the idea of becoming the next big-name player to move to the Saudi Pro League.

One of the three clubs interested in bringing Zaha to the Gulf coast is Al Nassr.

Rudi Garcia's side have signed David Ospina, Luiz Gustavo, Alvaro Gonzalez and Cristiano Ronaldo in recent months, and the arrival of Zaha would certainly be a huge coup.

They will, however, face stiff competition from elsewhere. AC Milan are said to be seriously interested in bringing Zaha to Italy, while big-spending Chelsea have also been linked in the past.

Image credit: Alamy
Image credit: Alamy

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira hopes Zaha will stay beyond the summer.

"Wilfried knows the position of the football club and the decision is going to be his. When he will be ready, we will listen to what he has to say," he said.

"But everyone knows we want him to stay in our football club. We want to grow with Wilfried as one of our leaders, but the decision has to be his.

"The only focus at the moment is about how he has been training and how he is preparing himself to compete and to help the team to perform."

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Topics: Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace, Premier League