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Crystal Palace: Arsenal’s £40m bid for Wilfried Zaha labelled embarrassing

Crystal Palace: Arsenal’s £40m bid for Wilfried Zaha labelled embarrassing

Crystal Palace have reportedly been left far from impressed with Arsenal’s attempts to land Wilfried Zaha this summer.

According to The Sun, the Gunners have made a £40m offer for the 26-year-old and had planned for the costs to be spread across five years.

The same report states that Crystal Palace have labelled Arsenal’s offer as ’embarrassing’. This all comes after Zaha’s brother Judicael pleaded for the Eagles to let the Ivory Coast international go.

“Wilfried will always hold Crystal Palace and their fans in the highest regard and all the support they have given means the world to him. It’s my brother’s dream though, to play for Arsenal,” Judicael told Sky Sports.

“Given all that Wilfried has given to Crystal Palace to help them remain a Premier League club, I hope Palace will be able to see their way to agreeing a deal with Arsenal that allows Wilfried to realise his dream of playing European Football for the club he’s supported since childhood.”

For £40m, though, paid across five years, Crystal Palace would have to be mad to sell Zaha to Arsenal.

They just sold Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United for £50m and, as good of a player he is (third most tackles per game made in the Premier League last season, minimum of 10 games played as per WhoScored), he was nowhere near as vital to the team as Zaha was.

Zaha finished the campaign as the Eagles second highest goalscorer behind Luka Milivojevic with 10 goals while only James McArthur made more assists (6).

Based on that, why on earth would Crystal Palace sell their talisman for less and in a deal where they would possibly not even be getting all of the money up front? Arsenal’s reported proposal, simply put, is ridiculous.

Crystal Palace fans, Arsenal must surely be having a laugh here? Let us know your thoughts on the whole ordeal in the comment section below!

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