Liverpool could have an edge on Arsenal for Wilfried Zaha if the Reds want to sign the Crystal Palace forward this summer.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast, reporter Kaveh Solhekol said [via live4liverpool.com] that the Eagles would not stand in the player’s way if Liverpool were to try and bring him to Anfield.
Solhekol is quoted by live4liverpool.com as saying: “[Crystal Palace] wouldn’t stand in his way if Barcelona or Real Madrid or PSG or Manchester City or Liverpool were trying to sign him.
“But when it comes to Arsenal, they don’t feel that the attraction there is as much as it would be at a club that was in the Champions League.”
A natural winger, the Ivory Coast international was often deployed in a centre forward role by Roy Hodgson last season, although seven of his 10 Premier League goals came when he started in a wide attacking position.
One of Zaha’s strongest assets is his raw pace, which has seen him clock up sprints of 35.2 km/h in the Premier League.
He shows a deep-rooted instinct to take on players and try to beat them one on one, averaging 3.4 dribbles per game last season. That trickery habitually leads to opponents resorting to stopping him illegally – he drew three fouls per game in the Premier League in 2018/19.
However, his goal return was still much inferior to the African duo, who both scored 22 league goals last season, and Zaha has already struggled when playing for a top-six club.
After joining Manchester United for £10million in 2013 as a 20-year-old, he made just four appearances for the club, failing to score or provide a single assist.
Zaha has been magnificent for Crystal Palace in recent campaigns, scoring 32 goals and supplying 33 assists for the club in five Premier League seasons.
However, the Eagles are demanding a fee of £100m for the forward, as reported by The Guardian, and that is a gargantuan amount for an attacking player who has only once broken the 10-goal mark in one season.
Also, with Jurgen Klopp declaring that he doesn’t expect Liverpool to spend big this summer (he told the club’s official website that he is happy with the current squad), the likelihood of Zaha being approached by the European champions appears extremely slim.
That would seem to be a sensible mindset from Liverpool, who don’t need to splurge on an attacker who has needed five seasons to score the Premier League tally achieved by Salah in one (2017/18).
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