Cape Town - Arsenal have returned to the
negotiating table with Crystal Palace after making an improved offer of
£40million plus three players for Wilfried Zaha.
The Gunners had a reported £40 million bid for Zaha rejected with The
Sun saying Arsenal wanted to pay the fee over five years while asking
for 'a hefty discount' if they managed to reimburse Crystal Palace
It's claimed Palace value the star at nearer the £80 million mark and
it was little wonder to see their initial offer dismissed out of hand by the Eagles, despite a plea from the Ivory Coast forward's
But amid doubts from Zaha's camp that Arsenal will be able to finance the
Eagles' asking price for the tricky winger, Arsenal are reported to have
raised their offer by now including three players as part of the
package to try and tempt Roy Hodgson's side into a deal.
According to The Sun, Unai Emery and Arsenal have offered Palace
unwanted trio Mohamed Elneny, Carl Jenkinson and Calum Chambers, plus
£40 million, for Zaha.
Whether that tempts Palace into the sale remains to be seen though
Hodgson's side are in the market for a new right-back with Aaron
Wan-Bissaka having joined Manchester United in a huge £50 million deal. Both
Jenkinson and Chambers are capable of playing there.
Reports on Wednesday, however, claimed Emery was considering two
cut-price alternatives for Zaha, with Barcelona's Malcom and Ryan Fraser
of Bournemouth also on their radar.
Manchester United are entitled to 25% of Zaha's transfer fee with
Palace failing to remove the clause during negotiations over
But having grown up supporting the Gunners, it is clear that the move
across London is something the winger is desperate to do this summer,
with his brother Judicael begging Palace to allow the forward to leave.
"Wilfried will always hold Crystal Palace and their fans in the
highest regard and all the support they have given means the world to
him," he said.
"It's my brother's dream though to play for Arsenal.
"Given all that Wilfried has given to Crystal Palace to help them
remain a Premier League club, I hope Palace will be able to see their
way to agreeing on a deal with Arsenal that allows Wilfried to realise his
dream of playing European football for the club he's supported since