It has been speculated for a few days now, but Manchester United have finally confirmed that a deal for Crystal Palace's highly-coveted Wilfried Zaha has been agreed upon. The winger is scheduled to have a medical in Manchester today. It's believed that there's an initial transfer fee of £10m with a further £5m possible in add-on fees. As expected, the 20-year-old will finish the remainder of the season with Crystal Palace -- the Championship side currently sit 4th in the table and thus, they are obviously in a fight for promotion -- and he will be coming to Old Trafford in July. According to a statement released by United, "There will be no further comment by any party until Wilfried joins United in July 2013."
Here's what United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had to say about Zaha during his weekly press conference today:
"We like to sign players with potential. We can develop players here. That's been proven many times. Hopefully the boy will enjoy coming here."
- Ferguson | Source: ManUtd.com
Zaha has released a statement as well on the deal:
"I am delighted to be joining Manchester United and ending the recent speculation. I would like to thank the owners at Palace for making the move possible, however my focus for the next five months will be solely at Crystal Palace. I have been at Palace for more than 10 years, I will always love the club and I want to help get them back to the Premier League, particularly for the fans who have always been so good to me.”
- Zaha | Source: Crystal Palace official site
Palace co-Chairman Steve Parish wishes the youngster well:
"I feel this is a great deal for the club and the player. We would like to thank Wilf for all he has done for the club and we all wish him well when he joins Manchester United in the summer. It was essential to Wilf and ourselves that he stayed at Palace for the remainder of this season to help the club with its main aim of promotion to the Premier League.”