Crystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson, has admitted he is ‘surprised’ at the lack of clubs knocking on his door when it comes to key winger, Wilfried Zaha.
The flying Palace star is a wanted man again this summer it seems, with Palace resigned to losing him if a suitable bid comes in.
Arsenal are said to be one of the clubs keen on landing him, with reports last month from the Daily Star claiming that Mikel Arteta was a big fan of Zaha, with a £50m bid touted.
However, speaking to the Evening Standard, Roy Hodgson seemed to suggest that the Gunners’ – and other clubs’ – interest had cooled in Zaha, with a lack of bids coming in for the Palace ace.
“I am surprised that we do not get more people knocking on our door who are willing to pay a sensible price for him because I think he is such a good player. And I think he finds it frustrating sometimes that we are not having to turn down offers every single day from some of the top clubs in the country and the world because he thinks he has the ability to play there and I think so too.”
Zaha has been the standout player at Selhurst Park for a number of seasons now but is now seeking a new challenge. The winger will be desperate to prove himself higher up the pyramid, after a failed spell at Manchester United as a youngster.
Arsenal have bigger fish to fry, this one seems to be over – TBR View
While Zaha would be a good signing he is a player who plays in a position where Arsenal already have a lot of talent.
They have the likes of Pepe, Saka, Aubameyang, and new signing, Willian, who can all play in wide areas. The priority for the Gunners is a central midfielder, as we all know.
For Zaha, it is a shame like Hodgson says. However, if he does have to stay put, then he’ll no doubt knuckle down and do his best to guide Palace to PL safetey once again.