Yesterday evening saw what was surely a coordinated move to force Crystal Palace’s hand with Arsenal making a £40 million bid for Wilfried Zaha, shortly followed by Judicael Boris Rodrigue Inchaud (Director of Zaha Promotions) releasing a statement imploring the Eagles to let the winger go.
It’s now common knowledge that, were an acceptable bid to be put on the table for him from Arsenal, Wilfried would like to be given the opportunity to explore it but as things stand, the offer of £40 million that’s been reported falls hilariously low of the mark when Steve Parish and his fellow directors would even begin to take the Gunners seriously.
Having just sold the vastly less experienced Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United for £45 million potentially rising to £50 million with performance related add-ons, I can’t for the life of me think why Arsenal believe it’s a good idea to offer south of that for a player who is unquestionably the top dog at Selhurst Park. Some Gunners fans will no doubt argue that it’s mere negotiation from their side of the table but given the circumstances, they risk insulting our board rather than grabbing their attention.
When you factor in the well-documented sell-on clause that will be due to Manchester United upon any sale of Zaha, the whole thing becomes even more amusing from a Palace point of view. With a bid of £40 million, believed to be due in a series of instalments, Roy Hodgson’s side would be getting relative peanuts for letting their star man go, just weeks before the new Premier League season gets underway. Let’s be honest, if the shoe were on the other foot, would Arsenal really want to play ball?
We don’t need the money, (not that it’s even being offered) have absolutely no desire to sell and most importantly, have Zaha on a contract with four years left to run that has no release clause within it. Whether Arsenal like it or not, Palace hold the majority of the cards here and won’t be bullied into accepting anything less than what they deem to be a fair price.