Wilfried Zaha offered £44m to move to China

Wilfried Zaha has been offered a staggering £11million a year to move to China next month.

The Crystal Palace striker is a target for Super League side Dalian Yifang, who are prepared to make the Ivory Coast international one of the best-paid players in the world.

They propose to pay Zaha a minimum of £44m — after tax — over four years. 

The winger could earn an extra £2.5m a year in bonuses and the club will fund first-class travel that will allow him to return regularly to the UK. The package would be worth around three times his current contract, under which he is reported to earn £130,000 a week.

Dalian Yifang, who are coached by former Real Madrid player and manager Bernd Schuster, will make a formal offer to Palace once the transfer window reopens.

The likelihood of Palace accepting any offer seems remote given Zaha’s importance to the club and the fact his contract runs until 2023.

Yet it underlines 26-year-old Zaha’s position as one of the game’s most explosive players. 

He is being tracked by a number of top European clubs with a view to a summer move.