Man City ready to rival Arsenal and Chelsea in Wilfried Zaha transfer chase

Manchester City are ready to join the £40million chase for Wilfried Zaha.

Premier League leaders City are now among the clubs considering offering the Crystal Palace star a second crack at the big time.

And the champions-elect have begun doing the groundwork on a potential deal for Zaha, who they view as one alternative to Alexis Sanchez.

City are determined to ensure they keep their squad stocked with the sort of exciting attacking players manager Pep Guardiola likes and has amassed over the past couple of seasons.

Arsenal forward Sanchez is out of contract at the end of the season but the table-topping Blues will face stiff competition from French league leaders Paris Saint-Germain, leading them to lay the foundations for a possible Zaha swoop.

The 25-year-old’s stunning form for Palace has put him back on the radar of some of the Premier League’s big boys and seen his value sky rocket to around £40m.

Since returning permanently in February 2015 for just £6m, Zaha has shown the talent on a consistent basis in the Premier League that tempted Sir Alex Ferguson to shell out £15m to sign him.

The Ivory Coast international, who has also won caps for England before opting for the country of his birth, enjoyed his best ever season last term, scoring seven times and assisting 11 goals as Palace won their battle against relegation.

This term, he has been their talisman again during a resurgence under Roy Hodgson after missing the first two months with a knee injury.

He has scored four times in 12 games, displaying his versatility by operating up front during Palace’s striker crisis, and also contributed three assists to help them climb off the foot of the table and up to 14th.

Zaha signed a new five-year contract in May, when he was being eyed by Tottenham .

But with Chelsea , Arsenal and now City showing interest, his future will be on the Selhurst Park board’s agenda once again.

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