According to reports from Sky Sports, Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has asked to leave the Eagles this summer. The 26-year-old is reportedly looking to play Champions League football next season. The news could be significant for Arsenal, as the Gunners are now 1/ 2 favourites to sign Zaha this summer.
Starting to fulfil his potential
Wilfried Zaha has started to fulfil his potential in the last few seasons in a poor Palace team. This season the Ivory Coast forward has scored ten league goals and produced five assists after playing much of the campaign as a central forward.
The forward’s goal tally in the league this season is the best of his career so far. It bettered Zaha’s previous tallies of nine and seven in the top-flight. He has definitely matured into a very dangerous attacking player.
Arsenal looking to sign wide players this summer
Reportedly one of the Gunners main transfer priorities this summer is to bring in some new wide players. Arsenal’s only real out-and-out wide attacker is Alex Iwobi, who is not exactly universally loved by those of an Arsenal persuasion. There are doubts over whether the Nigerian international will progress beyond his current level.
The likes of Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have played in wide attacking positions. However, both players are better playing behind the striker in the number ten role. There is also the small matter of whether the pair will still be at the north London club next season.
Zaha may have been playing as a central striker for Palace, but his natural position is as a winger, running at opposition full-backs. The 26-year-old would definitely be a fine wide option for the Gunners, if they could nab his services this summer.
Zaha may prove too expensive for the Gunners
According to the figures bandied around in the media, Zaha could cost up to £70million. If that figure is anywhere near correct then the forward is unlikely to be plying his trade at Arsenal next season.
The Gunners look set to have a small by Premier League standards transfer kitty of around £40million if they fail to qualify for the Champions League. If the Gunners qualify for Europe’s elite competition, then the transfer kitty will be boosted.
However, the Unai Emery still needs to strengthen in some other departments of the team, so even then Zaha may just prove too costly for the Gunners this summer.
Is Wilfried Zaha a realistic transfer for Arsenal this summer?