From a £40 million bid from his beloved Arsenal to Everton’s enormous offer worth in excess of £70 million yesterday, Wilfried Zaha has been at the centre of intense transfer speculation.
The Toffees made a staggering £70 million offer including James Mccarthy and Cenk Tosun according to Sky Sports. Despite Palace’s strong interest in the former, they remain firm with their stance on Zaha. They want £80 million and not a penny less.
The Eagles’ tough negotiating and ridiculous asking price to hold on to their prized asset is admirable for a smaller club. They’re pricing their attacker out of a move away from Selhurst Park, infuriating for Zaha himself. It seems even he has grown tired, handing in a transfer request today. But should the Ivorian reconsider his request based on the situation?
Dream move off the cards
The 26 year old admitted he was a Gunner in 2013 when he signed for Manchester United. This move looked possible with Zaha’s willigness to leave and the North London side’s need for a winger.
However after Arsenal stunned everyone with the stellar £72 million signing of Nicolas Pepe, it’s almost certain the former Manchester United winger’s hopes of a move to the Emirates are over. Everton though, have shown strong interest for the previous two weeks. Initially, they offered £55 million before today’s improved bid.
Unpopular opinion: Zaha should stay in Croydon. He admitted prior to the window that he was too ambitious and wanted to play in the Champions League. Granted Arsenal aren’t in the UCL, but they’re still in European competition unlike the Blues.
Not a big enough ‘step up’
I’m not denying Everton are a step up from Palace. They’ve made several signings, have a new stadium in the works and are showing serious ambition. But is this the step up that the forward is looking for? Competition for European places is tougher than ever for the upcoming 2019/20 season. There are so many sides that are being tipped to surprise Premier League lovers this season. So even if Zaha is willing to accept Europa League football, he may not necessarily get it at Goodison Park.
Despite Zaha and Crystal Palace’s mutual respect for each other, the latter will not budge on their demands. The ball is in their court with Zaha tied down to a long term contract. Palace also know he is too professional and respectful to force a move (E.G Refuse training), hence why there is no pressure to sell.
It also seems like Marco Silva is exploring other options, with the Blues’ £30 million bid for Alex Iwobi being rejected. If I were Wilfried Zaha, I would stay for a another season with the Eagles and push for a move when the right team comes in. The right team being one in European competition.
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