Arsenal submit opening £40m offer for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha

Arsenal have made an official bid for Wilfried Zaha (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have made an official £40m bid for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, according to Sky Sports.

The 26-year-old informed Palace of his wish to move this summer in order to join a club capable of challenging for trophies and to fulfil his ambition of playing in the Champions League.

Although Arsenal would be unable to offer Zaha Champions League football this season, the Ivory Coast international is said to be interested in joining as he supported the club as a child.

Zaha is also believed to be keen to remain in London should he leave the Eagles and although Spurs have been linked with him in the past, Arsenal appear to be in pole position to sign him.

It is highly unlikely that Arsenal’s opening bid for Zaha will be accepted, though, as Palace value their prized asset at between £80-100m – more than double what Arsenal have offered.

Unai Emery has made Wilfried Zaha one of his top transfer targets (Picture: Getty)

That could prove problematic for Arsenal as Unai Emery is widely-reported to have a reduced transfer budget to work with of around £40-45m which can be increased by player sales.

Palace are also under no financial obligation to sell Zaha this summer either having already allowed Aaron Wan-Bissaka to join Manchester United in a deal worth £50m last week.

According to reports, the club are wary about selling two of their best players in the same transfer window due to potential supporter backlash while they also fear doing so could negatively impact potential takeover talks.

Zaha is currently representing the Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt (Picture: Getty)

A further issue in the deal is that Manchester United are due a 25% sell-on clause in any deal involving Zaha. Palace had attempted to have the clause removed as part of the clubs’ negotiations over the Wan-Bissaka transfer, however United refused.

Zaha enjoyed statistically the best season of his career last term, scoring ten goals and providing five assists in 34 Premier League appearances while he terrorised Arsenal’s defence during Palace’s shock 3-2 win at the Emirates in April.


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