Wilfried Zaha reportedly wants a move to Arsenal, Arsenal quite like the look of him, and Crystal Palace are doing what they can to hold on to him but it seems there are more factors at play than just what Arsenal can afford.
Originally priced at £80m, Wilfried Zaha’s price was put up to £100m when the Eagles sold Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United.
That is, of course, their prerogative, but if that was just to put off Arsenal they needn’t have bothered. £80m was quite enough to do that.
But, it turns out that Palace, as well as not wanting to lose two of their biggest names in the same window, are also concerned about their ability to attract new investors to the club if it’s stripped of its main assets.
Chairman Steve Parish reportedly wants to bring in new money men to replace Josh Harris and David Blitzer, two shareholders who want out.
Palace want to develop Selhurst Park and see staying in the Premier League as vital to their hopes of attracting the £200m needed. Zaha would, of course, be integral to that plan.
In addition, Manchester United hold a 25% sell-on clause so Palace would lose a large chunk of any transfer fee.