Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast forward, Wilfried Zaha has broken his silence on a potential £40million move to Arsenal and refused to rule out the prospect of joining the team he supported as a boy.
The Crystal Palace winger is currently away with the Ivory Coast at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt but his transfer saga is currently doing headlines in London.
Arsenal saw an opening offer of £40million for Zaha, the No 1 transfer target for the summer, instantly rebuffed by the Selhurst Park club last week but speaking to reporters after scoring in Ivory Coast’s 4-1 victory over Namibia, Zaha didn’t count anything out.
He initially evaded but later replied to the question: ‘The only thing that’s on my mind right now is trying to win this cup.’
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But when pressed onto the wall on whether he wanted to play for Arsenal, he said: ‘I don’t know. We’ll see in the future.’
Palace wants at least double the £40m stumped up by the Gunners and are determined to hold on to Zaha having already sold Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United for £50m.
The Gunners transfer scouts are prepared to appeal to owner Stan Kroenke for more money in order to sign the 26-year-old.
Their failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League has left a hole in Arsenal’s transfer kitty with just £40m available to Unai Emery before player sales.
Zaha has already made Palace aware of his desire to leave and has been assured personally by chairman Steve Parish that he will not be priced out of a move.
Palace were angered by Arsenal’s opening offer but would be open to discussing a deal if the north London club returns with a higher bid.