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Crystal Palace are entangled in a transfer saga involving their star man Wilfried Zaha, with both Arsenal and Everton expressing an interest in his services, but it seems the club are holding out for their £80m-demanded fee.
Roy Hodgson and Palace have already lost one of their star players in Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who left for Manchester United in a deal worth around £50m, so it’s easy to understand why they’re reluctant to let another leave as well.
This transfer window has been a quiet one for the Eagles, who’ve only signed two players so far, but neither Jordan Ayew or Stephen Henderson are likely to have a profound impact on the squad next season.
Jason Puncheon and Bakary Sako have also left the club after their contracts expired, so reinforcements and depth are clearly needed in south London.
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Arsenal have reportedly agreed a deal worth £72m for Lille’s Nicolas Pepe, and if the deal does go ahead, one would assume that it would end the Gunners’ pursuit of Zaha, who had a bid rejected for him earlier this window.
Firstly, it’s important to point out that Palace are entitled to demand a huge fee for the Ivorian, however, they ultimately might regret setting the bar too high.
The reports are stating that there’s no way the south Londoner’s would agree to any deal below the demanded £80m, though Arsenal’s negotiations over a deal for Pepe suggest they might not get any deal at all.
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Having struggled to bring players in this summer transfer window, the extra funds accumulated from the sale of Zaha would have opened up so many more possibilities.
Yes, the money earned from the Wan-Bissaka deal helps but in a market in which Tyrone Mings is worth up to £25m, it’s clear that even a £50m sale isn’t enough to bring in a handful of quality players.
Selling Zaha could have kick-started a bigger rebuild and made the club less reliant on one star player, but their stubbornness over his price-tag may deprive them of the opportunity to perform the major surgery Roy Hodgson’s squad needs.
Palace may regret not being more open to negotiations with Arsenal, who look to be prioritising a different target in their search for a new wing-wizard.