French side Nice leads the chase to sign Crystal Palace prodigy Zion Atta – despite interest from Juventus, Roma, Ajax and PSV in super agent Mino Raiola’s 16-year-old ally
- Sportsmail reported in January how Raiola added precocious Atta to his stable
- Palace has offered an exciting new scholarship and a professional deal
- But there is wide interest in his signature from several European top clubs
- Palace’s interest in Nice attacker Deji Sotona, 18, could help with a transfer
France’s Nice leads the way in landing Crystal Palace star Zion Atta.
Sports post reported in January how super agent Mino Raiola had added the exciting striker Atta to his stable as interest in the teen increased.
Roma and Ajax had made the 16-year-old offers and Nice, PSV and Juventus have since joined them in submitting contract proposals.
France’s Nice is favorite to sign Crystal Palace’s 16-year-old attacker Zion Atta (pictured)
English youth international is also wanted by European teams Juventus, Roma, PSV and Ajax
But it is Ligue 1 outfit Nice that is believed to be in pole position to secure the England youth international, who also qualifies for Italy and Ivory Coast.
Palace has offered Atta a new scholarship and professional deal and would be entitled to compensation if tempted.
They signed Atta from Millwall at the age of 13 for a guaranteed £60,000.
Mino Raiola (right) grabbed the youngster in January as interest in the attacker increased
Palace are also interested in Nice’s former Manchester United forward Deji Sotona and their interest in each other’s player could be used to negotiate a deal for Atta.
New Eagles manager Patrick Vieira led Nice for two years from 2018-2020 and knows the club well.
However, Palace hopes their state-of-the-art new academy complex, which has persuaded sought-after youngsters like Jadan Raymond to sign professional deals at SE25, could entice Atta to stay.