Wilfried Zaha’s move to Tottenham may be affected by his switch of nationality for international football. The Crystal Palace winger has been in fine form this season, which is his best in the top flight so far.
Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino still remains a key admirer of the winger’s talents. The Argentine tried to sign Zaha last summer, but Tottenham’s bid for the winger was rejected. He believes he should land the player now and bolster his options for their return to the Champions League next season.
However, Pochettino would need to convince Daniel Levy that Zaha is worth investing in, particularly since he has changed allegiance from England to Ivory Coast.
Zaha’s change of international allegiance means that he would have to miss about six weeks every two years to compete at the African Cup of Nations. This is not an appealing prospect to Levy.
Crystal Palace have valued Zaha at £35 million, and a move to White Hart Lane should net him about £110,000 per week, and Levy is unwilling to invest that amount of money on him only to lose him for six weeks at an important time of the season.