Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says there’s ‘not much to discuss’ regarding Wilfried Zaha’s future because Arsenal’s bid for the attacker is so low.
The Gunners are believed to have opened negotiations for the Ivory Coast international with a £40 million offer, around half the amount the Eagles would expect from selling a player of such high calibre.
Asked about the situation after Palace’s 6-2 friendly defeat to Barnet, Hodgson made clear that Palace, who’ve already sold Aaron Wan Bissaka to Manchester United for big bucks this summer, are not interested in more nonsense bids from the Emirates.
“I don’t think Arsenal have actually made a bid that has come anywhere near our valuation,” he told Sky Sports.
“I’m sure the player realises that if someone’s going to take him away from us, he’ll expect clubs to pay the market value.
“Until someone does that, there’s not much to discuss regarding Wilf.”
It’s not clear at this point if we were being deliberately cheeky in the hope the player would force his way out of Selhurst Park or if we were genuinely optimistic that we could persuade Palace to part with their star man for that amount. Have we got Derren Brown on retainer or something?
Realistically, any deal seems dead in the water unless Raul Sanllehi comes across a magic money tree.