Arsenal keep a close eye on 27-year-old Ivory Coast international

Roy Hodgson has admitted it would be ‘foolish’ for the Eagles to assume no big clubs will submit bids for Wilfried Zaha in the next transfer window. Ivory Coast international was the subject of intense transfer speculation last summer, with the Eagles turning down offers from Gunners and Toffees.

Wilfried recently said it was ‘amazing’ to have Gunners try to add him, appearing to open the door to a future move to the team. Crystal Palace resume club action this weekend after three months off due to the covid19 pandemic and Roy Hodgson conceded he could not rule off having to spend another summer worrying about losing Zaha.

‘It’s an unknown isn’t it, how much money is going to be floating around in the next window,’ Roy Hodgson said in his pre-game press conference. ‘I think we’d be very foolish to relax and start thinking there will be no bids for Zaha, no big-money interest in Wilfried because he’s such a good player.’

‘He can play at any level, anywhere in the world, so who knows? If we find it easy to keep him because there aren’t big offers coming in, that would be fine.’ The summer transfer window is expected to be impacted by the covid-19 pandemic, which has caused financial issues for football teams around the world.

UEFA have green light new dates for the upcoming window and told the PL transfer activity must be completed by 5 October. The Eagles have managed to steer themselves away from a relegation battle and take on Bournemouth on Saturday night.