Sky Sports are reporting that Arsenal have made a £40m bid for Wilfried Zaha who Crystal Palace value at £80m.
Our interest in him was revealed last week, and the player’s brother made it clear that he wants to depart Selhurst Park for the Emirates.
“Wilfried will always hold Crystal Palace and their fans in the highest regard and all the support they have given means the world to him,” said Judicael Zaha.
“It’s my brother’s dream though, to play for Arsenal. Given all that Wilfried has given to Crystal Palace to help them remain a Premier League club, I hope Palace will be able to see their way to agreeing a deal with Arsenal that allows Wilfried to realise his dream of playing European Football for the club he’s supported since childhood.”
Which is all lovely, but if Palace want twice as much as we’re offering, the chances of doing a deal are slim. No matter how much the player might want it, his club have no need to him or us any favours.
It is conceivable that we could offer a player in part exchange, and Palace have, in the past, shown concrete interest in Calum Chambers who could fetch around £20m on the open market. There’s also a suggestion that Emile Smith Rowe could be offered on loan for the season.
One to keep an eye on, it seems.