‘We will have to look at it’: Club chairman confirms stance on Arsenal and Tottenham-linked star
Steve Parish has confirmed to BBC Sport that Crystal Palace will listen to offers for Wilfried Zaha, after the forward asked to leave amid interest from Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
The Ivorian has informed Palace that he wants to secure a move away from Selhurst Park, per The Times. Ideally, Zaha would like to have his future settled before pre-season training begins to allow him time to settle.
It is the third-year running that Zaha has sought a move away from Crystal Palace, where he has two years left on a £120,000-per-week contract. But the 28-year-old feels he has been blocked from leaving in the past by the Eagles’ demanding around £100million.
Crystal Palace will likely now listen to offers far blow their previous valuation. Goal cited a £40m asking price in May amid interest from Tottenham and long-term suitors Everton. Both have a strong desire to sign the 16-cap international, also wanted by Arsenal (90min).
Eagles Chairman Parish has reiterated that Zaha will be allowed to leave, but only if they receive the ‘right’ price. A price that favours his side, no matter the player’s desires.
“We understand his position,” Parish said. “It’s no secret that he would like to challenge himself. But it has to be right for the football club. He understands that as well.
“If those two things collide then we will have to look at it. But right now, we are two days into the transfer window so it’s a bit early to talk about it.”
Parish hands Arsenal and Tottenham Zaha boost
Parish confirming that Crystal Palace will listen to offers for Zaha will come as a boost for Arsenal and Tottenham. Both now have the chance to sign the Ivorian and likely at a much more reasonable price than in previous years.
Parish could easily have come out and stated that Zaha was not for sale at any price. But instead, showed the Eagles are open for business if the right bid comes along. Although both Arsenal and Tottenham will need to make sales before targeting the 28-year-old.
A deal would improve either side with Zaha proving a consistent goal threat in the Premier League in recent seasons. He scored 11 times last season for his best single top-flight campaign return for Crystal Palace.