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