Potential deals for Wilfried Zaha, James Maddison and Dayot Upamecano are all off after Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League, according to reports.
The Daily Mail write that Arsenal were interested in a summer move for Zaha before the Europa League final, but that’s no longer on the table. The winger is rated at around £80m by Crystal Palace, which the Gunners would’ve struggled to afford even if they’d beaten Chelsea. Plus, he wants Champions League football.
Arsenal enquired about Leicester City’s Maddison, but they were told they’d have to pay £60m to land him. Even though the midfielder would be interested in a move, that’s another one the club can’t afford whilst continuing to play in the Europa League.
Highly-rated 20-year-old centre-back Upamecano is another who had drawn interest from North London, with Arsenal holding initial talks over his signature. Again, with a smaller budget and no Champions League football, it’s just not going to happen anymore.
The Mail claim Arsenal will look at the likes of Ryan Fraser and Getafe centre-back Djene Dakonam instead.
It’s far from an ideal situation, but the team knew this would happen if they failed to get into the top four or win the Europa League. Their efforts to achieve either goal were extremely substandard at the end of the season, and this is their punishment.