A number of Arsenal fans have given their thoughts on the report in The Telegraph claiming reported Gunners target Wilfried Zaha may have to rely on a loan-to-buy switch if he is to leave Crystal Palace this summer.
Zaha came through the ranks at Palace and has spent most of his career with the Eagles either permanently or, while he was on Manchester United’s books, on loan at Selhurst Park.
To date, the Ivory Coast international – a boyhood Arsenal fan – has made 362 competitive appearances for Palace, scoring 57 goals and claiming 70 assists.
However, speculation about the 27-year-old’s future has never been far away – in April last year, he told the Daily Mail that he is eager to test himself in the Champions League and start regularly challenging for trophies for club and country.
This summer could prove difficult for clubs to make big-money moves, given the impact of the global health crisis on the football industry, so The Telegraph speculates that Zaha’s hopes may rest on a loan-to-buy switch.
While clubs like Palace would want full value for their assets, they would get a loan fee followed by the guarantee of the transfer fee in 10 months’ time, suggested the outlet.
Mikel Arteta certainly rates Zaha highly, telling The Express back in January: “I think he’s a terrific player and I think the impact he’s had in the Premier League in the last few years has been phenomenal.
“His ability to create chances on his own is unique. We know Wilf and the type of talent he is. When he gets isolated in one-on-one situations, we know what he can do.”
While the report suggests that the ball is firmly in Palace’s court regarding Zaha’s future, the idea of a loan-to-buy switch is something which has appealed greatly to some Arsenal fans:
@Arsenal isn’t it obvious he’s screaming for you?
— ????????? ?????? (@AFCMo__) July 30, 2020
Option to buy FC at your service
— Met. (@AFCMet) July 30, 2020
This has Arsenal written all over
— ♧I•Am•Johan (@johan_mazanhi) July 30, 2020
@m8arteta get it doneee
— J5ivve. (@J5ivve) July 30, 2020
— Elliott (@afcelliottx) July 30, 2020
I can definitely see it happening if true.
— INVINCEARSENAL (@INVINCEARSENAL) July 30, 2020
@m8arteta get him home
— Maestro_Bambino (@maestro_bambino) July 30, 2020