Arsenal reportedly submitted a £40 million bid for Wilfried Zaha a few days ago, only to have it laughed off by Crystal Palace. The Eagles are apparently demanding double that amount for their prized winger.
Zaha was reported to have informed his club of his wish to leave, and he is apparently keen on a move to the Emirates as he used to support the Gunners as a kid. On the other hand, reports also claimed Arsenal transfer funds for this summer wouldn’t go over the £45 million mark in total, which would make prizing Zaha away from Palace mission impossible.
However, a different story has since emerged. Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol claims that Arsenal have significantly more money at their disposal for new signings, and that the whole “£45 million” thing is just a smokescreen, with the club not willing to let potential selling clubs know their real budget in order to avoid prices being driven up high.
A second bid for Zaha hasn’t been submitted yet, but Solhekol says he has spoken to people “involved in the negotiations” and that they expect that bid to happen. He believes that a £70 million offer would be enough to see the winger move from east to north London.
Sky Sports quote the 26-year-old’s brother who believes Palace owe Wilfried to try and find an agreement for him to move to Arsenal – his boyhood dream club, and play European football.
What about Tierney?
Meanwhile, having seen their opening bid of £15 million for Celtic’s Kieran Tierney rejected too, Arsenal are apparently preparing to offer more money for him as well. That is according to the Mirror, who add that the second Arsenal bid is expected to amount to £22 million, even though Celtic reportedly want £25 million.
The club are hoping to get this deal done soon, with Napoli also interested in the fullback.