The following article is a special report; all information presented has been gleaned from Football FanCast sources unless otherwise stated.
Crystal Palace have told Everton that they will have to pay £65m in one lump sum if they are to sign Wilfried Zaha prior to Thursday’s transfer deadline, sources have told Football FanCast.
The Toffees have been chasing Zaha throughout the summer and there is now a hope that a deal can be brokered prior to the closure of the window this week.
However, Palace are standing firm in their demand that the entire fee must be paid up front and in full.
Everton have already made a £65m bid for Zaha but the structure of the deal is yet to be agreed and Palace are standing firm in their insistence that the entire fee must be paid up front and in full.
The Eagles, of course, have already sold Aaron Wan-Bissaka in this transfer window, receiving £50m from Manchester United for the right-back.
Selling Zaha would see them make a total of £115m from two players in one window.
However, it remains to be seen whether or not the Toffees will be able to match the Eagles’ demand that there are no instalments involved in the deal.
Various reports have claimed that United negotiated a deal that would allow them to pay for Wan-Bissaka in stages – the BBC claim that £45m was to be paid up front, with £5m in add-ons – but there is said to be little desire at Selhurst Park for that scenario to be repeated.
Nevertheless, this is a change of tack from the Eagles, who have previously warned suitors off Zaha.
Arsenal were heavily linked with an interest at the beginning of the summer but were reportedly quoted around £100m, while Everton were also initially rebuffed when they first made an enquiry, per sources.
Persistence, though, may have paid off, particularly if the Toffees are capable of handing over such a high figure in one go.
Everton, of course, have spent big already this summer, signing Moise Kean from Juventus, Andre Gomes from Barcelona, Jean-Philippe Gbamin from Mainz and Fabian Delph from Manchester City, while also acquiring goalkeeper Jonas Lossl on a free transfer from relegated Huddersfield Town.
They have spent around £78m on their five new signings and a deal for Zaha would see their spending balloon to over £140m.
Ironically, Palace host Everton on Saturday as both sides get their 2019/20 campaigns underway.
It remains to be seen which side Zaha will be on.