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Tottenham reportedly eye £40m-rated man, that Pochettino thought was the next Ronaldo in 2016

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly doing battle with Everton in the race to sign Crystal Palace wide man Wilfried Zaha this summer. Rewind five years ago, Palace chairman Steve Parish claimed that Mauricio Pochettino believed Zaha was the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

Zaha, 28, is keen on leaving Palace after another season at Selhurst Park. Struggling for form, Zaha still scored 11 goals in 30 Premier League games – and now, Tottenham and Everton are interested.

That is, according to Goal. They claim that both Everton and Spurs are keen to test Palace’s resolve for Zaha – he is rated at £40million. Zaha is clearly keen to leave Palace, and some fans are open to his exit.

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Back in 2016, Parish was talking about Zaha. Tottenham had made a £12million offer to sign the ex-Manchester United winger. Parish flatly rejected the offer – claiming Pochettino believed Zaha could be as good as now-Juve star Cristiano Ronaldo.

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“We’ve told Spurs that there is really no point bidding for him because he is going nowhere,” Parish told TalkSPORT in 2016 – as per Goal. “It’s not right really that players get their heads turned. I was told that the manager there thinks he’s the next Ronaldo. Well, I’d like to get the next Ronaldo for £12m.”

Are Tottenham getting a good Zaha deal, at £40m?

Zaha is now 28 and should be at his peak. While he has not been given the tools to flourish in a defensive-minded Palace side, he has still caught the eye. So, is £40million a fair price for Zaha? Of course it is.

While many will think he is not at his best, it is that he needs a team to play to his strengths. If Spurs hire an attacking manager that gives the forwards freedom – Zaha would thrive. £40million could end up being a bargain.

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