Crystal Palace line up Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish to replace £80m Wilfried Zaha in the summer
- Crystal Palace believe Jack Grealish can help fill attacking void of Wilfried Zaha
- Palace are open to letting £80m influential forward Zaha leave this summer
- Grealish, who remains on Tottenham’s list of targets, is in Palace’s sights
Crystal Palace have identified Jack Grealish as one player capable of helping fill the attacking void if they lose Wilfried Zaha.
Palace are open to letting Zaha leave this summer and value the influential forward at £80m.
Any money received from a sale would be reinvested in their squad with Aston Villa skipper Grealish, who also remains on Tottenham’s long list of targets, in Palace’s sights.
Jack Grealish is in Crystal Palace’s sights and remains a target for Tottenham this summer
Who moves first will be key in any battle for the Aston Villa midfielder’s signature
And, having missed out on a Premier League move a year ago as Spurs tried but ultimately failed to strike a deal with Villa towards the end of the summer window, who moves first will be key in any battle for Grealish’s signature this summer.
Zaha, 26, outlined his hopes of playing Champions League football and challenging for trophies next season in an exclusive interview with Sportsmail on Saturday.
He has revived his career since returning to Palace in 2014 from Manchester United and the south Londoners believe the time may now have come to let him leave for a second time.
Palace are heavily reliant on Zaha. In December they finally ended a run of over two years during which they failed to win a league game without Zaha.
The Ivory Coast international reiterated his importance once again with a starring display in Palace’s brilliant 3-2 win at Arsenal on Sunday, a result that secured their survival.
Some senior figures at Selhurst Park feel a parting of the ways at the end of this season may be mutually beneficial, allowing them to evolve, rebuild and reshape their team while rewarding Zaha for his service by freeing him to chase his personal ambitions.
Crystal Palace are open to letting Wilfried Zaha leave this summer and value him at £80m
Attacking midfielder Grealish, 23, would not be a like-for-like replacement for Zaha but still capable of providing a similar influence going forward.
One natural winger Palace also retain an interest in is long-term target, Everton’s Ademola Lookman, 21.
Grealish’s return from injury has coincided with the 10-game winning run that has lifted Villa from 13th up to fifth. Grealish has scored four times in that impressive sequence of successive victories.
One winger Palace retain an interest in is long-term target, Everton’s Ademola Lookman
His suitors’ hopes of landing the talented youngster will hinge on whether or not Aston Villa go up this season.
They persuaded Grealish to sign a new five-year deal last September despite losing last season’s play-off final.
But Villa are unlikely to hold onto their homegrown hero again if they fail to secure promotion again.
England boss Gareth Southgate stated in March that Grealish needs to be playing top-flight football to boost his chances of getting in his Three Lions squad.