The last couple of weeks have seen countless reports linking Unai Emery’s Arsenal with a summer move for 26-year-old wide-man Wilfried Zaha but following the Gunners’ hammering at the hands of Chelsea in Wednesday night’s Europa League Final, it looks as though their hopes of landing him are now dead in the water.
The Palace academy graduate is supposedly keen to explore new avenues this summer after another impressive season in red and blue but with his intention to move to a side competing in the Champions League, Arsenal now find themselves out of favour. Despite having openly stated in the past to being an Arsenal supporter as a child, Emery’s transfer budget has now been cut to just £40 million, ruling out any chance of them stumping up the sort of fee necessary to tempt Palace into a sale.
Chelsea have also previously been linked with a move for the winger but as things stand, Maurizio Sarri’s Blues are still under the constraints of a transfer ban, giving them no room in which to even contemplate a deal. Of course, should Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid be sanctioned, the men from the Fulham Road will be keen to secure a replacement but unless their appeal is successful, they’ll be forced to make do with what they’ve already got at their disposal.
Aside from that, Zaha is left with the prospect of Manchester City, Liverpool or Tottenham making a realistic offer for his services, should no one from abroad come forward. There has been sporadic talk of either PSG or Borussia Dortmund throwing their hats into the ring but as of yet, nothing concrete has materialised. Has he backed himself into a corner by becoming so valuable to Palace? Almost certainly. Will this story ever end? Almost certainly not. Am I losing the will to live? Most definitely.