Crystal Palace have two of the Premier League’s best non-top-six stars in Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Roy Hodgson surely understands how important it is to retain the duo’s services this summer if possible.
The former England boss made a big admission ahead of the trip to Tottenham on Wednesday night though.
With a number of top clubs circling both the electric winger and the battling right-back, the Eagles will have some job on their hands come the end of the season to try and keep the duo for the 2019/20 campaign – the lure of big money and, in some cases, Champions League football has proved irresistible to many in a similar position before.
Hodgson appreciates how important keeping his star players is but, no matter how crucial they are, he admits that every player has a price. The Premier League’s oldest manager had this to say about the sought-after pair:
“The club is certainly in no way advertising [Zaha and Wan-Bissaka] and or promoting them as saleable objects. We would be more than happy to keep them.
“But we just have to remain realistic and see what happens. If offers come in they will obviously be assessed, like everything else.
“As I heard Manuel Pellegrini quite rightly say the other day [when discussing Declan Rice’s future]: every football player does have a price.”
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Palace will surely accept nothing less than £40m for Wan-Bissaka while £50m plus seems more realistic for Zaha – sums which would go a long way to developing the club as a whole if they were accepted.
However, the problem with selling star players is that no matter how much you spend to replace them, there is no guarantee those replacements will be up to scratch, so Eagles fans should be very worried about the gaffer’s admission.
Let us know in the comments below, Palace fans, how much you think the pair are worth together.