Wilfried Zaha's brother makes statement on 'dream' Arsenal move as Gunners lodge £40m bid


Wilfried Zaha rejoined Crystal Palace from Manchester United in 2015 after a disappointing spell at Old Trafford.

The forward has made 147 Premier League appearances in his second spell with the Eagles, scoring 31 goals.

The Ivory Coast international has made his name as one of the league most dangerous attacking talents, and he is now determined to join his boyhood club this summer.

Wilfried Zaha’s brother Judicael confirmed the winger’s desire to move to Arsenal to Sky Sports News on Monday by saying: “Wilfried will always hold Crystal Palace and their fans in the highest regard and all the support they’ve given means the world to him.

“It’s my brother’s dream though, to play for Arsenal.

“Given all Wilfried has given to Palace to help them remain a PL club, I hope Palace will be able to see their way to agreeing a deal with Arsenal that allows Wilfried to realise his dream of playing European Football for the club he’s supported since childhood.”

Zaha has been open about his desire to play Champions League football in recent months, but he won’t be playing in Europe’s premier competition until at least 2020 if he is to join the Gunners.

Although he could play in the Europa League next season, the 26-year-old is determined to make his mark at the highest level.

He told the Daily Mail in April: “I’m too ambitious. And not ambitious just to play for a top club, but to win things at club level and with the Ivory Coast.

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“For me to be better, to achieve what I know I am capable of, I have to aim to play at the very highest level, to win trophies.

“I’m blessed to have come this far in my playing career.

“But I feel like there is so much more I have to offer.”

Palace chairman Steve Parish gave his thoughts on Zaha’s possible exit shortly after those comments, and outlined his long contract as a reason why the player could stay.

Parish told The Sun: “I don’t want Wilf to leave. We want to progress and the best way of doing that is Wilf in our team.

“At the same time, I know you can get boxed into a corner over these things — but he is on a long contract.”

Palace are said to want to make at least £70m from their possible sale of Zaha, which would mean Arsenal need to table a bid of £93m to cancel out the buy-out clause that United took from their deal four years ago.



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