Arsenal are reportedly set to offer Crystal Palace 50% of what they want for Wilfried Zaha in a story that seems perfect for the papers.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace celebrates victory with Christian Benteke after the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on April 21, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 21: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace celebrates victory with Christian Benteke after the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on April 21, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Here we have a talented English player who is up for sale for around £80m and a club with a history of being tight with their spending, to the frustration of many of their fans. A story like this is just ripe for the picking.

But let’s face it, are we really saying that we think Zaha is worth £80m?

No, he isn’t, and even Palace know that but have bumped up his price to cover the £15m sell-on they will have to give Manchester United.

Arsenal have reportedly scouted him all season but the player wants Champions League football.

Roy Hodgson, meanwhile, has admitted that the club are unlikely to be able to keep hold of the 26-year-old.

Zaha finished the season with 10 goals and 10 assists in 34 Premier League games. He played a total of 36 games all season, the extra two coming in the FA Cup where he was fruitless in 180 minutes against Grimsby Town and Spurs.

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