Arsenal close in on £40 million Zaha deal after target tells club he wants to leave and play Champions League football
Arsenal target Wilfred Zaha has reportedly informed Crystal Palace that he wants to leave the club this summer.
After a few years as a Manchester United winger, Zaha returned to Palace and reinvented his career to become one of the most exciting and attacking players in the Premier League.
That has led to much speculation that both Arsenal United were interest in taking him away from Palace during the January transfer window, before the London based club stuck a massive price tag on the wingers head and interest in getting a transfer deal wavered.
But Zaha, who has scored eight goals in an impressive 2018-19 campaign, is keen to test himself at the highest level of club football and start regularly challenging for trophies.
And according to reports on the Sun website, the Gunners are ready for a summer revamp under Emery and the Spanish boss would be willing to spend some of his transfer budget on Zaha this summer, with a fee of £40 million reportedly talked about.
Emery will only get around £50 million if he fails to get back into the Champions League this season, and his chances of landing Zaha depend on whether or not they win the Europa League, as the winger wants to play in the Champions League.
But the Metro has claimed that Zaha has already informed Palace that he would like to leave the club in the next few months and play Champions League football, with the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea also linked with a potential move.
Zaha recently said: “I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity, that’s it. And I’ll do the rest.
“I’m too ambitious. And not ambitious just to play for a top club, but to win things at club level and with the Ivory Coast.
“For me to be better, to achieve what I know I am capable of, I have to aim to play at the very highest level, to win trophies.
“I’m blessed to have come this far in my playing career. But I feel like there is so much more I have to offer.”
Zaha is arguably one of the best wingers in the Premier League and brings so much more than excitement to the Palace side. So it was a massive surprise to see him sign a new five-year deal at the club as he is clearly ready for that next step.
Arsenal or United would be a great move for him, as they are in need of an attacking, exciting and skilful wingers to come in and give a different dimension to the side, especially as both clubs need to add some more width to the squad in the coming transfer windows.
Zaha is now ready for that big step at the top-level and needs to make the right move, or it will just be another United all over again and he will fail to fulfil the clear potential that he has.