Crystal Palace identify Burnley winger Dwight McNeil as the perfect heir to wantaway star Wilfried Zaha and are ready to rival Manchester United and Everton for his signature this summer
- Dwight McNeil has attracted interest from Manchester United and Everton
- Crystal Palace see him as an ideal long-term successor to Wilfried Zaha
- They hope offer of pay rise and regular minutes will lure him away from Burnley
- Palace have funds spare, having kept hold of £50m Aaron Wan-Bissaka money
Crystal Palace have identified Burnley’s England under-21 international Dwight McNeil as their preferred long-term successor to Wilfried Zaha.
Though bigger clubs including Manchester United and Everton have been monitoring 20-year-old McNeil, Palace hope the offer of regular first-team football coupled with a handsome increase on his current Clarets salary will help them secure the highly-rated winger.
Palace are one of the few clubs who will be able to take advantage of a buyers’ market when the transfer window reopens having held onto the £50million they collected from Manchester United for Aaron Wan-Bissaka last year.
Crystal Palace hope pay rise and regular game time will lure Dwight McNeil away from Burnley
McNeil has already played more than 50 Premier League games even though he doesn’t turn 21 until November.
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He is aware several clubs have been watching his progress but it’s unclear any of the Big Six will transfer their interest into a firm bid and provide a quick pathway into the first team.
Palace held onto Zaha against the player’s wishes last summer but there is a private understanding he would be allowed to leave this year if an acceptable bid was received.
But even if deflation in the transfer market means Zaha stays another season at Selhurst Park, there is a strong possibility they will try to land McNeil before other clubs.
Palace see McNeil as the heir to Wilfried Zaha, who is expected to leave the club this summer
Manager Sean Dyche has previously stated he thinks McNeil is in the reckoning for a full England cap.
Burnley have been candid in their admission that the Coronavirus lockdown has hit them hard.
Chairman Mike Garlick said earlier this month the club would run out of money by August if the current season didn’t finish and the left-sided McNeil is their prime asset.
Though the size of transfer fees post-Coronavirus are unclear, McNeil would ordinarily be expected to fetch in excess of £30million.
Palace will have money spare as they retained £50m they received for Aaron Wan-Bissaka
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