Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace he wants to join Arsenal this summer.
According to Report, Zaha has urged Palace to reach an agreement with the Gunners, who he supported as a boy.
Palace, who recently agreed on a £50 million deal with Manchester United for the sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, are refusing to let go of another academy product in the same transfer window.
Arsenal reportedly have an opening budget of around £45m following their failure to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
And with no Champions League football to their name, that is a price the Gunners cannot rise to thanks to a budget of just £45m this summer – making player sales the only way they’d be able to get their man other than convincing Steve Parish to lower the asking price.
However, report has it that he has now spoken to the south London club’s hierarchy, making his desire to swap south for north in the capital known.
And, while Zaha’s declarations may not change Parish’s stance – especially given United’s retention of their 25% sell-on clause in the Wan-Bissaka negotiations – they will surely help bolster Arsenal’s chances of signing the 26-year-old, with Unai Emery desperate for the club to recuperate the money in whatever fashion they can in order to land the winger.
It seems the wheels are already in motion – Arsenal are expected to make an offer for Zaha in the wake of his declaration to Palace.
However, that is way off the £80m price tag slammed on the 26-year-old tricky winger who is currently at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
That has left Zaha hoping that Palace chairman, Steve Parish, will lower the club’s asking price to make his dream move a reality.