Arsenal would be crazy to move for Zaha next summer; they missed their chance

Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has told talkSPORT that the likes of Arsenal and other Premier League heavyweights could still sign Wilfried Zaha despite the winger extending his contract.

What’s the word?

The Ivory Coast international was linked to various clubs over the course of the summer transfer window.

In the end, though, the 25-year-old opted to extend his contract to the summer of 2023 at Selhurst Park.

Clubs in the Premier League are no longer eligible to make signings as the window is now closed, but ex-Palace chairman Simon Jordan believes that the saga is not over for Zaha.

During a discussion on talkSPORT, the businessman suggested that the winger’s new deal will not prevent the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea making moves in the future.

Jordan believes that the new deal will give Palace the right to demand a staggering figure of between £70-£80m.

Should Arsenal consider it?

The Gunners missed a trick in failing to sign a new winger, but it would not make financial sense for the club to pursue Zaha in the future.

As Jordan mentioned on talkSPORT, the Eagles will be able to place a hefty price tag on the winger’s head now that he is contracted to the club for another five years.

In this day and age, elite football clubs do not seem to have a problem throwing huge fees in the transfer market, but Arsenal would be making a mistake in this instance.

There is no denying that Zaha, who has scored 23 goals in his Premier League career, is a talented player, but he does not warrant a price tag in the region of £80m, unless he does something spectacular this season.

Also, the fact that he struggled during his failed two-year stint at Manchester United could also be cause for concern.