As is now the case and each and every transfer window, Crystal Palace are facing up to questions over Wilfried Zaha’s long-term future at the club but despite very public interest in him from Arsenal, a deal still seems to be miles away from happening.
The Gunners started the week by making a £40 million bid (due in instalments) for the Eagles winger which was predictably laughed at by all of football. Quite what those behind the scenes at The Emirates expected from such an embarrassing offer is anyone’s guess but it seems to have angered Palace’s board more than anything else.
As things stand Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace to Arsenal not happening, will take major change(s) to materialise. Also hearing Napoli edging ahead in Kieran Tierney race but deal still there to be done. As we know cash the issue for #AFC this summer #CPFC #CelticFC #SSCNapoli https://t.co/CoNLGmdS7F
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) July 2, 2019
Having just sold Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United for an initial £45 million, Palace are under absolutely no pressure whatsoever to sell players, particularly one with as much importance to the side as Zaha and having publicly put a price-tag of £80-100 million on his head in the last couple of weeks, £40 million over four years was never likely to receive anything other than a raised eyebrow and a chuckle.
As I said yesterday, I don’t doubt that Zaha himself would like to be given the opportunity to move to Arsenal but Palace shouldn’t be expected to bend over backwards to accommodate it on the basis of personal preference. In a window when £70 million bids are being turned down for Harry Maguire and the likes of Ayoze Perez and Nathan Ake are going for £30 million and £40 million respectively, we aren’t pushing the envelope too much in pricing Zaha up as we have.
Each and every team we face know that Wilfried is the key man; the one they go out of their way to stop in order to kill off our attacking efforts. With his game so pivotal to our hopes of Premier League survival, which in itself is worth in excess of £100 million a season, why wouldn’t we ask for that much to wave him goodbye?
It promises to be another long and stressful summer but as David Ornstein’s tweet above states, major changes will need to occur for there to be any tangible movement from Palace’s perspective over Wilfried Zaha’s potential transfer.