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Simon Jordan urges former club to lower asking price and sell Zaha this summer

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Simon Jordan urges former club to lower asking price and sell Zaha this summer

Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan believes Crystal Palace should lower their asking price for Wilfried Zaha.

Former Crystal Palace chief Simon Jordan has told his old club to let Wilfried Zaha leave the club this summer, according to TalkSport.

Jordan said that the time is right for the Ivorian to leave Selhurst Park and said he should be valued at around the same as Riyad Mahrez – despite the Telegraph reporting Palace want £100m minimum.

He said: “Now is the time for Zaha to go. Palace need a change of direction and to rebuild with the right amount. I don’t think that right amount of monies is £80m, – it’s in the £50m or £60m bracket. He can play for any of the top six.

“He’s a £60m player – I think he’s every bit as good as Mahrez. When he signed a contract, my mindset was that it’s merely Crystal Palace maintaining the value.”

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So if Jordan feels Zaha is worth between £50m and £60m, that represents anything between a 40 to 50 per cent drop off from the £100m valuation.

 

That may anger Palace fans, who feel their club should be clinging on for every last penny, with that long-term contract providing no reason to sell on the cheap.

But Zaha has earned his move, by hauling the club along by the bootstraps at times and £60m, along with all the other riches that come along in the top flight, is more than enough.

The example of Leicester is a good one, because they took the Mahrez money and bought James Maddison from the Championship and have rebuilt with a young crop of players around him.

There’s no reason Palace couldn’t do the same, and they shouldn’t be pricing Zaha out of a move after everything he has done for the club. £60m is a far more reasonable asking price in the current climate – Jordan’s right.

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