Arsenal’s chances of signing Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace appear to be slim with the Eagles furious at what they perceive to be a sub-par bid and interference behind the scenes to destabilise the player.
The Gunners offered £40m yesterday, while the South Londoners value the Ivory Coast international at £80m. The bid was accompanied shortly afterwards by a statement from Zaha’s brother who urged Palace accommodate the player’s desire to leave for a club he’s supported all his life and play European football.
However, reporting for the BBC, David Orstein says that Palace are ‘incensed’ at the bid and a ‘ham-fisted’ attempt to use Zaha’s desire to join Arsenal as a way of forcing a move from Selhurst Park.
The report says, “Palace believe Arsenal’s method in this case is outdated and naive.
“They have no intention of lowering their valuation and are confident that Zaha’s relationship with the club is long-standing and strong enough to ensure he resumes his duties without a problem if a move does not come to fruition.”
So, the question is now how far are Arsenal willing to go to make this happen? If the belief that underhand tactics might work in our favour, that seems to have backfired, and the fact that Zaha signed a new contract last summer gives Palace plenty of strength in negotiations.
We could offer player or players as part of a deal, but it remains to be seen if they even want anyone we’re prepared to offer. We clearly can’t pay £80m either, so maybe the best thing to do is cut our losses and go after a more achievable target.
David also reports via his Twitter that while a deal is still possible between Arsenal and Celtic for Kieran Tierney, Napoli may have the upper hand as they also target the Scottish international left-back.
Fun times for Raul Sanllehi and his motley recruitment crew.