Frank Lampard’s side were prevented from signing players in the summer as they are serving a two-window ban for breaching FIFA’s transfer rules involving academy-age players.
Chelsea have appealed the ruling and could potentially see their ban overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which would mean that they could complete signings in the upcoming January transfer window.
But according to The Independent, Chelsea have already been working on a deal for Zaha behind the scenes which they are aiming to complete next summer. The report claims that Chelsea’s director of football Marina Granovskaia has spoken to an intermediary, Federico Pastorello, about putting a move together for Zaha at the end of the season.
Chelsea have already held talks over Zaha’s signing. Zaha was keen to leave Palace in the summer after Arsenal had registered their interest. But Palace were holding out for an £80 million transfer fee – a figure Arsenal were unwilling to match.
Metro News UK