Arsenal boss Unai Emery has refused to be drawn directly on speculation linking the Gunners with a move for Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha whilst talking to the press.
The Spaniard addressed the media yesterday and was predictably pressed for some clarity on the club’s transfer plans with time beginning to run short in the window but predictably, the former Sevilla and PSG boss remained tight-lipped over the specific names of the players the north Londoners are targeting.
Speculation over a move for Zaha has been everywhere for the last month or so but with Arsenal having seemingly pushed themselves to their financial limit by offering some £40 million involving a series of instalments, it now looks highly unlikely that a deal will take place without significant sales from their side. There had been talk of certain players being thrown in by the men from The Emirates to soften Palace up but with none of the individuals tickling the Eagles’ fancy, it now seems as though the two parties are at something of a stalemate.
Time and again since news of Arsenal’s interest broke, Palace have been told they’re being “unrealistic” by asking for between £80-100 million to let Zaha fly the nest but with Steve Parish and Roy Hodgson absolutely desperate not to lose their star man in the same summer that Aaron Wan-Bissaka has waved goodbye to Selhurst Park, the sane voices amongst the sporting press can understand why such a hefty fee is being demanded.
I have no doubt that Wilfried himself would like the opportunity to give things a go at Arsenal but he will also understand that Palace simply can’t be excepted to accept an offer of £40 million for him, given his true worth to us as the talisman who has so often played a major part in retaining our status as a Premier League club.
Will things change between now and Deadline Day? I wouldn’t like to say for sure but at the time of writing, it looks like a simple case of Arsenal not having the financial muscle to pull off a deal.