Chelsea ready to hijack Arsenal’s move for Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha is desperate to leave Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea are preparing to enter the race to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha from under the noses of rivals Arsenal.

The Gunners have been locked in negotiations with the Eagles for the last month but have been frustrated by their £80m valuation of the Ivory Coast international.

Arsenal have had two bids rejected for Zaha and Palace have threatened to walk away from talks if a conclusion is not reached soon as they do not want to be left with limited time to find a replacement.

Everton have entered the race for Zaha in the last 72 hours but the 26-year-old is less keen on a move to Goodison Park.

Lampard will be given significant backing in the transfer market (Picture: Getty)

He remains intent on leaving and Arsenal’s chances of landing him appeared strong given the lack of competition from their top six rivals.

However, the Telegraph claim that Chelsea are prepared to move for Zaha despite their two-window transfer ban.

The Blues have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn their ban but they accept it’s unlikely that they will be able to register new signings until the summer of 2020.

But that doesn’t stop the club planning for next summer and they have plenty of money to spend following the departures of Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata, which raised around £140m for the club.

Roman Abramovich will give Frank Lampard significant backing to strengthen his squad and the likes of Pedro and Willian could both leave next summer, meaning there’s room on the wings for Zaha.

Another advantage in Chelsea’s favour is Palace’s interest in Michy Batshuayi.

The Belgian spent the second half of last season on loan at Selhurst Park and Roy Hodgson would ideally like to make the move permanent.

Arsenal are unlikely to meet Palace’s valuation of Zaha and it may require the Ivorian to go on strike to force through a move.

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