Reports: Tottenham interested in signing former Manchester United star
What’s the rumour?
It seems as though Tottenham really want Wilfried Zaha as The Mirror claim that the North London outfit are preparing a new offer for the Crystal Palace star, in a bid to finally get him to the club. Chelsea and Manchester City, however, could be a thorn in their way as they are also reportedly interested in him.
In case you didn’t know…
Zaha’s career has taken off well and truly this season. Indeed, he has scored four goals and has assisted two more while also creating 35 goalscoring chances in 20 Premier League games this season. On top of that, he has not averaged anything below 2.8 dribbles per match in England's top-flight since 3013-14. Since the 2016-17 season, he has made 4.1 dribbles per game, making him one of the best dribblers statistically in the league.
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The heart of the matter
Despite signing Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham are still looking to add pace and trickery on the wings. They had targeted Malcom for much of the January transfer window—another player with pace and wizardry—but could reportedly end up signing Wilfried Zaha in the summer instead.
According to the same report, the Ivorian could cost over £50 million and demand over the £100,000-a-week that he gets at Selhurst Park.
Rumour rating: 5/10
For starters, The Mirror don’t really have a great history of ground-breaking transfer stories that turned out to be accurate. Secondly, if Spurs were to pay over £50 million for a tricky inside-forward, they wouldn’t have backed out of the Malcom deal in the first place.
Tottenham currently have great wing-forwards that can dribble the ball with vehemence, like Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura. As a result, adding another one doesn’t really make much sense. And if they really want to, Malcom would make more sense than Zaha.