Arsenal offer £40m plus three players for Wilfried Zaha
Arsenal has offered £40 million-plus three players to Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha, according to reports.
Unai Emery’s side has already seen their opening bid of £40m turned down by Palace, who are demanding £80m for their star attacker. The Gunners are restricted this summer with a £45m budget and Zaha’s valuation is well beyond their price range.
But according to The Sun, Arsenal has attempted to bridge the gap by offering £40m plus Mohamed Elneny, Calum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson to Palace.
The report claims that Arsenal value the three players at £40m and will remind Palace that the offer would reduce the sell-on fee owed to Manchester United. United are entitled to 25 per cent of Zaha’s transfer fee as Palace failed to remove the clause during their negotiations for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Zaha is reportedly keen to join Arsenal, but the Gunners are hoping that the Ivory Coast international hands in a transfer request to Palace.
Earlier this month, Zaha’s brother Judicael urged Palace to allow the forward to leave.
‘Wilfried will always hold Crystal Palace and their fans in the highest regard and all the support they have given means the world to him,’ he said. ‘It’s my brother’s dream through to play for Arsenal. ‘Given all that Wilfried has given to Crystal Palace to help them remain a Premier League club, I hope Palace will be able to see their way to agreeing on a deal with Arsenal that allows Wilfried to realize his dream of playing European football for the club he’s supported since childhood.’
Crystal Palace has reportedly slapped a huge £80million price tag on the winger despite him wanting to move. This is well out of the Gunners’ price range and it could mean that Zaha will have to hand in a transfer request to try and force the move through