Crystal Palace have slapped Wilfried Zaha with a staggering £100m valuation to try and deter interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund, according to The Telegraph.
The 26-year-old scored 10 goals and registered 10 assists last season, although it seems likely he will leave this summer to tackle European football.
The Eagles finished in 12th place last season and boss Roy Hodgson would dearly like to keep his star man for next season. That does seem unlikely, however, with some top interest forthcoming.
Zaha re-signed for Palace on a permanent basis in 2015, following a disastrous two years at Old Trafford where he hardly played a game.
At this stage it is unclear what the interested parties are willing to start the bidding at for Zaha; although £100 million looks ambitious from a Palace point of view at this stage.
The valuation of £100 million is frankly ridiculous. To put it into perspective, when Antoine Griezmann, one of the world’s best players, leaves Atletico Madrid it will be for £105 million. Zaha isn’t in the Frenchman’s bracket.
This smacks of a club naming a price that is so outrageous that they think it will deter clubs from making a firm bid. It’s a risky game to play because if clubs aren’t willing to pay, they are left with a desperately unhappy Zaha.
It seems for all the world that the Ivory Coast international will leave this summer. He is too good for Palace and deserves a crack at playing in Europe.
Despite the request for £100 million, a bid between £50-70 million would leave Palace with some serious thinking to do.