Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has revealed that he still thinks about his failed Arsenal transfer two seasons ago and wishes that the move had happened. The Ivory Coast international attacker was very close to joining the Gunners in the last two summer transfer windows only for the move to break down toward the closure of the window.
The Gunners were asked to pay a sum of £70 million for the Manchester United academy graduate but were reluctant to fork out such a huge sum for the star. Their reluctance to bend to Palace’s demands meant that they would have to go look for other options, and they began scouting for other possible targets.
Former Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has said that Arsenal should splash a club-record fee and sign Wilfried Zaha this summer. The Gunners have held a keen interest in landing the Ivory Coast international but so far, they have failed with an opening bid of around £40m for the former Manchester United man.
Speaking to TalkSPORT, Allardyce indicated that the current market situation has meant that clubs must spend more than usual on top talents. He added that Zaha will definitely be a success with the Gunners and the side should meet the Eagles £80m price tag, considering Manchester United could be prepared to pay something similar for defender Harry Maguire, who has lesser Premier League experience.
Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol has revealed that Arsenal may have more funds to spend for the summer as they are prepared to pay as much as £70m to land the signature of Wilfried Zaha. The Ivory Coast international has been earmarked as the club’s prime target to strengthen the wide attacking position but so far, the Gunners have failed with an opening bid worth £40m for his services.
In a report covered by Sky Sports, Solhekol acknowledged that the Gunners may have been bluffing with the speculated £45m budget and they may have more funds in store for the summer transfer window. He added that the club could be prepared to negotiate up to £70m for Zaha’s signature this summer, though the payments could be staggered rather than a straight-cash move.