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Arsenal: Ex-Palace striker backs club to stand firm over Wilfried Zaha

Arsenal: Ex-Palace striker backs club to stand firm over Wilfried Zaha

‘£60m is about right’ – Clinton Morrison names Zaha price – but backs Palace to fend off Arsenal

Ex-Crystal Palace striker Clinton Morrison believes that Arsenal will not be able to poach Wilfried Zaha from his former club – despite claiming that the player is worth around £60m.

Arsenal reportedly approached Palace with an improved offer to bring Zaha to the Emirates Stadium, with The Independent suggesting their latest bid worth £55m – plus a year-long loan of Reiss Nelson – is still not enough to satisfy the Eagles into sanctioning a sale.

The report also claims that Palace have set an asking price of £80m – though while Morrison believes that seems rather steep, it is a sign that Palace chairman Steve Parish is not willing to let the Ivorian go – having let Aaron Wan-Bissaka leave for Manchester United earlier this summer for £50m.

Speaking on TalkSPORT, he said: “Obviously £80m is a lot of money, but I just feel the chairman’s probably doing that because he didn’t want to lose Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Wilfried Zaha in the same window.

“I would say £60m is about right, but I don’t think the chairman will let him go. He’s got another four years to go on his contract.

“Obviously Wilfried wants to go and play at a higher club and I totally get that because he’s a fantastic footballer.”

Having improved their initial offer from earlier this month by some £15m, Arsenal have reiterated their desire to lure Zaha to North London.

Reports last week suggested that Zaha is tempted by a Selhurst Park exit, after telling his club that he would like to leave, upon his return from the African Cup of Nations.

But with Arsenal’s latest valuation still some way short of Palace’s own, the 26-year-old remains in South London with time ticking towards the transfer deadline on 8th August.

And with the Gunners said to be working under a relatively restricted budget this summer, their futile attempts thus far to sign Zaha – and Morrison’s confidence to the contrary – may point towards negotiations going the distance with time almost up.

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