The Eagles have no intention of losing Zaha having already lost Aaron Wan-Bissaka but the player has made his stance clear
Wilfried Zaha has urged Crystal Palace to let him join his ‘boyhood club’ Arsenal, according to reports.
Earlier this year, Zaha made it clear he wants to play for a club in the Champions League but the Eagles value the 26-year-old at £80million – which is unfeasible for the Gunners who have just £40m to spend in this window.
Despite Arsenal’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League, the Mail report that Zaha wants to join the north London club, whom he supported as a boy, and he has told Palace chiefs that he wants a deal to be agreed swiftly.
Palace are reluctant to let Zaha leave having already allowed one of their other standout players, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, to join Man United for £50m.
Arsenal will be hoping Palace heavily reduce their asking price for the Ivory Coast international.
Unai Emery is keen for Arsenal’s hierarchy to dig deep and find funds that would finance a move for the tricky winger.
Emirates chiefs are also in talks with Celtic over Kieran Tierney but the Scottish champions are holding out for a £25m transfer fee.
Hoops boss Neil Lennon said: “It’s going to have to take a lot more than what they’ve offered the first time around to give us a decision to make.”