The Sun suggested over the weekend that Arsenal remain interested in signing Wilfried Zaha having failed to sign the Crystal Palace last summer.
Despite The Sun claiming that Zaha’s departure is looking inevitable, it is a surprise that the Gunners are reportedly in the mix for his signature.
The Sun notes that Zaha is valued at £75 million. Arsenal have not tended to be amongst the biggest spenders in the Premier League in recent years, and they have a lot of quality in the final third.
Nicolas Pepe has shown flashes of brilliance since joining last summer. Zaha meanwhile, turns 28 before the end of the year and has scored just three goals and contributed three assists in the Premier League.
Arsenal therefore, should arguably focus their attention elsewhere. And the player that Mikel Arteta should perhaps consider is Newcastle United forward Allan Saint-Maximin.
The same report from The Sun suggested that the 22-year-old could be available for £30 million at the end of the season.
Admittedly, that price looks fairly optimistic. As reported by BBC Sport, Saint-Maximin signed a six-year deal when he joined in 2019.
And given his potential, the Magpies will surely be tempted to ask for a lot more before they consider selling the Frenchman.
But even if Newcastle demand a lot more, Saint-Maximin will still cost a lot less than Zaha.
Meanwhile, Saint-Maximin is more than four years younger than the Palace man.
Saint-Maximin has scored the same number of goals in all competitions as Zaha. He has registered just one league assist. But he is still developing his game in the Premier League.
He was outstanding at Nice. And he has regularly been the most exciting player in Steve Bruce’s squad this season.
Given his age, reported price and potential, Saint-Maximin is arguably a much better target than Zaha, particularly in the long-term.
If Arsenal are looking to add an exciting attacker to their ranks this summer, they have to consider Saint-Maximin.