Manchester City are closing in on a £50million move for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha four years after leaving City’s rivals Manchester United.

The Sunday Mirror report the former United forward is Pep Guardiola’s preferred forward option ahead of Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez, with City prepared to offer Crystal Palace £50million for the player.

Zaha has enjoyed his most prolific Premier League season having scored eight goals and contributed with three assists throughout a difficult season for the Eagles.

The 25-year-old has become the catalyst for Roy Hodgson’s revival in South London with permanent displays that have captured the eye of possible suitors after winning the April Premier League Player of the Month.

Despite a record-breaking campaign, City boss Pep Guardiola is keen to strengthen his squad, according to the report, after a disappointing Champions League season that saw City embarrassed by Liverpool in the quarter-final.

Zaha’s career transformation has been remarkable. In 2013, the Ivory Coast international joined Manchester United for £15million from Crystal Palace before returning to Selhurst Park eighteen months later for £3million.



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