Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has admitted that both Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka could be sold over the summer if this price is right.
Whilst the club’s first preference is to keep hold of the pair well beyond August of 2019, the gaffer was realistic in his assessment of the situation when pressed for comment during yesterday’s pre-Tottenham press conference, admitting that every player across the world has their price.
With Zaha having only recently put pen to paper on a five year contract and Wan-Bissaka a four year deal, Palace are under no immediate pressure to sell and as such, will set their own bar in terms of what they can ask for in an increasingly unpredictable transfer market. Quite what the club would be looking for to part with either player is as yet unknown but as supporters we can rest assured that any agreement which does see them fly the nest will see us handsomely compensated.
Quite rightly, Hodgson referenced comments made by West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini over the future of Declan Rice when discussing Wilf and Aaron, with the Irons’ manager stating that Rice will be allowed to leave, if another club comes in with an offer that is simply too good to turn down. All too often, statements like that are spun as a seller lacking in ambition when in truth, it would mean the club taking advantage of the buyer vastly overvaluing their player.
Palace fans may not want to even contemplate the idea of parting with Zaha and Wan-Bissaka but if buyers came in offering £80 million for each of them on the first day of the summer window, I think it’s fair to say that the club would be justified in giving the bids the green light; it’s all a case of perspective.
My gut feeling is that at least one if not both of them will still be here once the summer window has closed its doors but there are plenty of twists, turns and baseless newspaper rumours to negotiate between now and then.