Everton have made two bids for Arsenal-linked Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, according to reports.
The Guardian originally claimed Everton had placed a £52m bid to sign the winger, but just like Arsenal’s £40m bid, Palace turned it down. The London club reportedly insisted that Zaha wouldn’t be sold this summer.
Everton are aiming to test their resolve, however, placing a second bid of £55m plus Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy, according to Sky Sports.
Arsenal’s interest has been well documented, but it seems they’re yet to go back in with a second bid of their own for the 26-year-old. The media reports have shifted to the Gunners’ interest in Nicolas Pepe, who now seems far more likely to join – even for significantly more than £40m.
Palace’s valuation of Zaha was around £80m, so compared to that, Pepe for £72m seems like a bargain.
The Lille winger scored and assisted more than twice as many goals as Zaha last season, he’s younger, and he plays right-wing, the position Arsenal actually need to fill. Zaha can play on the right too, but he’s showing his best form on the left for Palace.
It’s starting to seem as if Arsenal’s move for Zaha is dead, but you never know what might happen if the Pepe deal falls through in the coming days.