Countless summer news cycles were dominated by stories of Crystal Palace winger being on the verge of leaving the club for either Arsenal or Everton but when speaking to the Liverpool Echo this week, Toffees boss Marco Silva have a quote which proved that Sky Sports’ constant headlines over improved bids from Merseyside were the stuff of fantasy.
Eventually, Everton settled on a deal which saw Alex Iwobi swap The Emirates for Goodison Park but prior to that, it was no secret that they were extremely keen to land Palace’s star man. Throughout the summer, Steve Parish remained resolute in his valuation of the player, refusing to drop below £70 million and despite chatter from the likes of Kaveh Solhekol to suggest that Everton were getting close to that figure, it seems Silva knew all along that his employers would never be willing to match the request.
The debate over whether or not Zaha is “worth” £70 million is a side discussion at this stage; what has become painfully obvious in the days since the transfer window closed is that Everton stopped putting concrete offers in for Wilfried before August even began, making all of the talk surrounding him from Sky Sports News irrelevant.
It stands to reason that Premier League clubs will be forced into paying a premium if they’re intent on taking their rivals’ key players away from them; given the money that is now sloshing around in English football’s top tier you wouldn’t expect anything else. To Silva’s credit, his comment is more a statement of fact than a grumble but it does lead me to think that I’ll approach each any every line reported by “Sky Sources” with a sizeable dollop of scepticism from this point forward.