This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol, Everton have submitted a £55m offer to Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha, which involves no players included as part of the deal.
Everton have made £55m bid to Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha. No players involved. Just £55m
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 28, 2019
Well, the Toffees appear to have joined the race for the 26-year-old along with Arsenal and Chelsea, although the Gunners may be out of the equation after agreeing a fee of €80m (£72m) with Lille for Nicolas Pepe.
Marco Silva’s side have reportedly lodged the £55m offer as their opening bid, although other reports suggest they could hand the Eagles £60m + Turkey international Cenk Tosun.
The Ivory Coast international shone last term with 10 goals and five assists in the league for Palace, and also netted twice at this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations – the south Londoners value their No.11 at £80m.
As previously mentioned, Arsenal hold an interest in Zaha and have made a few offers already.
The first one was a measly £40m, half of what Palace value the forward at, whilst the second one was worth an initial £55m + Reiss Nelson on loan for the 2019/20 season – both offers were swiftly rejected.
So, in that case, why on earth would the Eagles accept Everton’s offer of the same cash total as Arsenal offered, without a player being included such as the Gunners decided to do?
Of course, by all means start the opening offer low and work your way up – that much is obvious from a business viewpoint.
However, just offering an amount – or in fact less of an amount – that has already been rejected without consideration seems a pretty pointless thing for Marcel Brands to do, and it would be concerning if the Merseysiders actually thought it would get them anywhere in their pursuit of the former Manchester United attacker.
Everton’s offer makes absolutely no sense given the details of Arsenal’s two previous bids.