Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is a wanted man this summer with both Arsenal and Everton courting him, according to the Evening Standard.
It wouldn’t appear that there is much chance of the Eagles keeping hold of their star man at this stage.
The link to Everton is perhaps a surprising one.
Marco Silva and the club’s hierarchy are clearly ambitious but Zaha seems like a bridge too far.
Here are three reasons why the Toffees landing the Ivory Coast international simply won’t happen:
Heart set on Arsenal
According to the Express, Zaha grew up supporting the Gunners and he has asked Palace to drop their valuation to force through a move to the Emirates Stadium.
On that basis, it would be a major surprise to see Zaha join Everton this summer.
The man with 10 goals and 10 assists last season clearly wants to join the Gunners and it seems for all the world that nothing will deter him in that quest.
With all due respect to Everton, they won’t be forking out £80 million that has been touted as Zaha’s valuation (The Express).
The signing of Zaha for that sum would smash the club’s transfer record and with no European football, it doesn’t seem like something they will do.
Palace aren’t willing to budge on their valuation for the £130,000-a-week player to seal his dream move to Arsenal. It seems unlikely they will bend over backwards to allow the player to join Everton for any less than his valuation.
Before Everton fans get too upset at that comment, in terms of European football it would be a sideways step.
At this moment in time, the Toffees play in the same European competition as Palace – none!
Zaha would back himself to go to Arsenal and play football. They are desperate for wingers and if they do land their man he will become a first-team regular.
On that basis, Everton can’t really offer Zaha anything at this stage that Palace can’t.