Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Palace furious with low-ball Arsenal bid

Palace furious with low-ball Arsenal bid

Arsenal are believed to have made the 26-year-old their key target this summer, reportedly tabling an opening offer in the region of £40m for the Ivory Coast global.

Arsenal has officially unveiled its new home kit for the 2019-20 season, the Premier League club's first since returning to adidas, its kitmaker in the '80s and early '90s.

Reports today say that Arsenal made a £40 million bid for Wilfried Zaha but not only did the Gunners bid half of Crystal Palace's asking price, they also wanted to do it over five years.

As per the ES, Palace are said to value Zaha closer to £80m with Arsenal expected to submit another offer imminently.

"Wilfried will always hold Crystal Palace and their fans in the highest regard and all the support they've given means the world to him", he told Sky Sports News.

And the Evening Standard are reporting that Arsenal are preparing a second bid for the winger, which could include part-exchanging players.

A major point of contention for Palace over the sale price of Zaha is that Manchester United inserted a sell-on clause into his transfer when they sold him back to Palace in 2014.

Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have since leapfrogged the German playmaker to the tune of £47 million and £57 million respectively.

Wan-Bissaka has already left Palace this summer.

Without discounting these examples of Arsenal being more willing to spend big on the right player, it seems the "economical" tendencies of the Wenger era are ingrained in the club.

However, after seemingly encountering problems in moves for both the Dalian Yifang and Bournemouth stars, Arsenal appear to have switched their attentions firmly to Zaha.

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