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Crystal Palace: Bayern join race for Palace star as Arsenal stall

Bayern Munich are toying with a move for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, according to reports from 90Min.

The report suggests that due to Bayern failing in trying to sign some of their key targets – most notably Leroy Sane, Gareth Bale and Callum Hudson-Odoi – they will now consider the 26-year-old winger.

Chelsea and Manchester City have proven to be too stubborn with both of their wingers, while Gareth Bale is a very costly option and is being rumoured to leave Madrid to go and play in China. Indeed, the Telegraph have reported that Beijing Guoan are one of the clubs interested and could make him the highest-paid player in the world.

If Bayern are after Zaha, then they will be facing a stern battle to try and sign him, as Arsenal are also big admirers.

According to The Independent, they have recently had a second bid snubbed by Crystal Palace, which was rumoured to be £55million plus a season-long loan deal for Reiss Nelson – who had a good year in the Bundesliga last year at Hoffenheim.

If Bayern are serious about Zaha, then they might be the more likely of the two clubs to pick him up.

Not only are they likely to have a bigger transfer kitty, as suggested by the previous report, but perhaps the idea of selling him to a team outside the Premier League is a touch more attractive than letting him go to a London rival. After all, the player himself spoke about his dream of playing in the Champions League, a competition Arsenal aren’t in but Bayern obviously are.

With Bayern losing their longstanding pair of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, younger wingers might be needed at the Allianz. Right now, the club only have Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman as established options out wide, so it’s fairly to see why the Eagles man is of apparent interest. A revamp of the squad was even talked about back in February by DW.

Regardless, if Palace are to sell Zaha they will be wanting to get the business done as soon as possible, so they can begin to replace the winger. His importance to Palace is almost incomparable with any other player within their squad, having provided 10 goals, five assists and six penalties won last season, also being described by Andrew Johnson as the club’s best-ever player on the Five Year Plan podcast via Football.London.

Although this deal makes sense on paper, it is hard to imagine Bayern splashing around the £80million mark for the winger.

Despite their status as one of the biggest clubs in the world, the German champions don’t tend to spend that sort of money, with only the £72m (Transfermarkt) Lucas Hernandez coming close. Aside from that, their record arrival was the £37.25m splashed out on Corentin Tolisso. A revamp may well be in order for the Bavarian giants but the kind of money Palace seemingly want for their star man doesn’t seem to come easy.

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