Crystal Palace have told Everton they must pay £100m to sign Wilfried Zaha, according to Guardian Sport Deputy news editor Ed Aarons.
This comes after they rejected an offer of £70m plus James McCarthy on a permanent basis and Cenk Tosun on loan.
Wilfried Zaha is said to be “fuming” about Palace’s stance, as he had been given assurances that the club would accept “reasonable offers” last summer.
Zaha would have been a massive asset for Everton, which indicates why such large transfer fees are being discussed.
He played 34 games for Palace last season, scoring 10 goals and assisting a further five, as per WhoScored.
The Ivory Coast international also made 1.6 key passes and 3.4 dribbles per game, highlighting just how direct and threatening he can be with the ball at his feet.
If he were to join Everton, it is likely Zaha would play on the right-wing, as Richarlison has been occupying the place on the left, scoring 13 goals and assisting once in 32 league starts and three substitute appearances.
Theo Walcott was the most prominent right-winger at Everton last season, starting 24 Premier League games and coming off the bench for 13, scoring five goals and assisting twice.
The 30-year-old averaged 0.6 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per game – numbers that are dwarfed by those of Zaha.
Even Bernard, who predominantly plays on the left but can feature on the right, is unable to get near Zaha’s numbers, as he scored once and assisted three times in 25 starts and nine substitute appearances last campaign, averaging 1.2 in both key passes and dribbles per game.
It is a blow for Everton to miss out on Zaha if the reports of the deal being dead are correct.
He would have been a big upgrade on Walcott or Bernard for a potential place on the right-wing, complementing Richarlison nicely on the opposite flank, and would have taken Everton’s frontline to another level based on his stats.
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