Wilfried Zaha is taking legal action against his agent, Will Salthouse of Unique Sports Management, due to anger at the agency’s failure to secure him a transfer from Crystal Palace last summer.
Sportsmail has learned that Zaha has instructed Chris Farnell of Manchester-based IPS Law to represent him in a case that will be decided at a private arbitration hearing under FA Rule K.
Zaha is understood to have informed Salthouse in writing of his desire to leave USM last month, triggering the start of a potentially explosive legal wrangle, with the player alleging his agent is compromised by his relationship with Palace chairman Steve Parish.
The Ivory Coast forward was told that he would be held to his contract with USM that runs until next summer, meaning they will be entitled to commission if he leaves Palace during the next two transfer windows, leading him to appoint his own lawyers.
The 26-year-old has been approached by several other intermediaries who have pledged to get him out of Selhurst Park, including super-agent Mino Raiola, and wants another agency to handle his next transfer.
Zaha was unhappy at being unable to leave Palace last summer despite interest from Arsenal and Everton, whose £52million bid led to him submitting a formal transfer in August.
His letter to Salthouse is understood to contain complaints that the agent is too close to Parish, a relationship he claims led to his move being blocked.