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Wilfried Zaha emerges as Chelsea option; Crystal Palace eye Callum Hudson-Odoi

Graeme Bailey
Wilfried Zaha and Callum Hudson-Odoi could be on the move this summer
Wilfried Zaha and Callum Hudson-Odoi could be on the move this summer / Sebastian Frej/MB Media | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
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Chelsea are considering making a move for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha as they bid to bolster their attack before the transfer window closes, 90min understands.

The Blues allowed Romelu Lukaku to return to Inter earlier in the summer, with Timo Werner also set to return to his former club RB Leipzig, and are anxious to add to their attacking options having only brought in Raheem Sterling from Premier League champions Manchester City.

Chelsea are looking for a central striker but also want to add a wide player, and having already missed out on Raphinha to Barcelona, 90min has learned that they are doing their homework on Ivory Coast international Zaha.

Zaha has just 12 months left on his current deal at Selhurst Park and sources close to the player have indicated he would like the chance to play Champions League football – something that eluded him during his brief stint at Manchester United nine years ago.

The 29-year-old could now get the chance with a move across London and he is understood to be on the list of co-owner Todd Boehly, who is desperate to give Thomas Tuchel all the options required to mount a title challenge.

Palace had been open to discussing a new deal with Zaha – their highest paid player – but realise this summer is the last chance they have to cash in on their star turn.

90min further understands that Palace are interested in a number of Chelsea players who could be included in a deal.

As well as an ongoing interest in Conor Gallagher – who was Palace’s Player of the Year during his loan spell last season – they are also one of the sides showing a liking for Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Hudson-Odoi is wary his first team chances may be limited under Tuchel and that was confirmed on the opening day of the season when he did not even make the bench for their win at Everton.

Sources have told 90min that the 21-year-old, who is now back to full fitness, feels he needs first-team football this season and is ready to push for a move. A number of clubs are showing an interest in Hudson-Odoi, including Borussia Dortmund, while Newcastle, West Ham, Leicester, Southampton and Everton have also registered an interest.

But Palace are also very much in the hunt and a move in the opposite direction to Zaha could suit both parties.


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