Reported Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha could make a permanent move this summer, according to a report in The Mirror which claims that Crystal Palace are willing to sell and will listen to offers.
However, the outlet claims that the Eagles are looking for a fee in the region of £70million for their star player.
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.
The Mirror suggested that Manchester United inserted a sell-on clause in the sale to Palace worth up to 25 percent of his next move, so a £70million sale would net the Red Devils £17.5million.
Zaha is one of the Premier League’s standout talents, putting his spell at Manchester United firmly behind him to get back on track and wreak havoc on opposition defences time and time again.
Now 27, he’s very much in the prime of his career and deserves a big move to a club set to challenge for trophies, and while it’s been a painful and transitionary season for Arsenal, the future looks bright under Mikel Arteta.
The Spaniard certainly rates the Palace ace 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.”
However, it’s little surprise to hear that Palace are reportedly playing hardball – Zaha is such an asset that any club would be looking to make as much money as they can from his sale.
Where does this leave Arsenal, who are reported to have a very modest budget at best this summer? Unless the Eagles agree to a loan with an option to buy, then it would probably leave them out of the running.