The last few days have seen Wilfried Zaha’s chances of a move to either Arsenal or Everton dwindle and now reports are suggesting that the winger is increasingly likely to spend another year on the books at Selhurst Park.
The 26-year-old’s entourage went big on their hopes of Palace granting Zaha his “dream move” to Arsenal two or three weeks back but with the Gunners failing to lodge an offer that came anywhere close to Palace’s valuation of the winger, the North Londoners turned their attention to Lille’s Nicolas Pepe. The French side were seemingly far more open to staging the full terms of the transfer over a series of instalments than Palace; a factor which played a big part in Arsenal’s final call.
Soon after, there were suggestions that Everton held an interest in Palace’s star man but after an initial bid of £55 million was respectfully turned down, they agreed to step away from talks; a development the public have been made aware of after Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol went public with talk of a second offer involving Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy. The Toffees moved quickly to confirm that the reporter was wrong, whilst referencing their good relationship with Crystal Palace off the field.
All of this leads to the feeling that the sands have time have run too short for anything seismic to occur involving Zaha in the days that remain of the transfer window. Even if a club were to stump up our full asking price now, it wouldn’t really be feasible to assume that we’d have enough time to replace him. I dare say the player himself is a tad frustrated but my guess would be that, if he’s still got his heart set on leaving, we’ll allow him to do so at the very start of next summer’s window, affording both he and us to do all we can to adequately adjust to life without one another.
It always seemed highly unlikely that Steve Parish would be selling both Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Wilfried Zaha over the course of a single transfer window; I just wish the mainstream media had picked up on the message weeks ago.