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Transfer Talk: Zaha’s Champions League ambition puts Arsenal, Man United on alert

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.

TOP STORY: Zaha has Champions League ambitions

Wilfried Zaha has sent a message to Europe’s top clubs, and a warning to current employers Crystal Palace, by saying that he should be playing in the Champions League in an interview with the Daily Mail.

“For me to be better, to achieve what I know I am capable of, I have to aim to play at the very highest level, to win trophies,” Zaha is quoted as saying. “I’m blessed to have come this far in my playing career, but I feel like there is so much more I have to offer.

“I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity, that’s it. And I’ll do the rest.”

It’s reported that Palace won’t consider any offers below £50 million, amid rumours that Arsenal are interested in the winger, as well as former club Manchester United. Because of their time spent together at Cardiff City, Zaha already has a connection with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. That could help make Old Trafford the destination this summer.

Wilfried Zaha intends to play Champions League football next season.

Should Zaha seek to play Champions League football via some of Europe’s other top leagues, Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund are also reportedly interested in him.

Napoli make contact with Trippier

Napoli have made preliminary contact with Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kieran Trippier over a summer transfer, Calciomercato reports.

Trippier could replace Elseid Hysaj, who is expected to leave Napoli when the transfer window opens.

However, the Italian club will be facing competition from Manchester United, who are also reportedly interested in Trippier.

The 28-year-old played in Tottenham’s Champions League quarterfinal victory over Manchester City on Wednesday, but received criticism for his defending against fellow Englishman Raheem Sterling.

Isco the solution to Juve’s problems?

Juventus may turn their attention to Isco to find a playmaker to work alongside Miralem Pjanic next season, according to Calciomercato.

Former Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo commented on the situation, saying: “Juventus need a player like Isco, immediately.”

Zinedine Zidane’s return to the Real Madrid dugout may rule out a move away from the club, although Manchester City are also understood to be sniffing around for his signature.

However, should Madrid welcome Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen or Chelsea’s Eden Hazard to the Santiago Bernabeu, Juventus may be able to make an offer for Isco for as much as €85m.


Diego Costa may be on his way out of Atletico Madrid, after manager Diego Simeone told him that “any player who wants to leave can leave,” the Daily Mail reports. Costa hadn’t been training with Simeone’s side due to a dispute over a recent ban, but has since returned to the sessions.

– Amid speculation that both could be on their way out of Old Trafford this summer, Paul Pogba and David De Gea intend to demand pay rises, the Times reports. However, their wages have nothing to do with their futures: Should Manchester United fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League, players will be subject to a 25 percent pay cut on their contracts. Pogba and De Gea are merely seeking to offset their potential losses.

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