Arsenal closely monitoring 27-year-old Ivory Coast international
Crystal Palace are facing up to the prospect of losing Wilfried Zaha for as little as £30m with the winger again seeking a move. Ivory Coast international handed in a transfer request last summer amid severe interest from the Gunners.
Unai Emery had earmarked Wilfried as a primary target but his preference was ignored and Arsenal chiefs decided to break the club transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe from LOSC Lille instead.
Crystal Palace were demanding a fee of nearly £70m for their prize asset 12 months ago but, the Eagles could settle for less than half that amount should any of the PL’s heavyweight clubs register formal interest.
Unai Emery’s successor at Emirates, Mikel Arteta, is said to be a keen admirer of the Ivorian forward’s but a move for Chelsea deal rebel Willian Borges is more likely to come to fruition, while Crystal Palace are yet to receive any bids from elsewhere.
The 27-year-old winger has also recently been linked with a come back to Man United, while Blues have also been regularly mooted as a possible destination. Zaha’s £130,000-a-week wages, allied to the fact he will turn 28 in November, are said to be factors putting of possible suitors, however.
Crystal Palace endured a miserable end to the PL campaign, finishing in 14th place, collecting only four points from their final nine games of the season.
Sir Alex Ferguson made Wilfried the final addition of his Red Devils reign, but the forward struggled to make an impression under David Moyes and claimed earlier this summer that he hadn’t been given a fair crack of the whip, a theory backed up by his old team-mate Rio Ferdinand.