Wilfried Zaha’s transfer to Arsenal in doubt as exit could put Crystal Palace takeover in jeopardy

Wilfried Zaha’s proposed move to Arsenal is in doubt because chairman Steve Paris reportedly believes letting the star player go could wreck his chances of selling the club.

The forward, 26, has his heart set on a move to boyhood club Arsenal.

Zaha is valued at approximately £100m by Palace

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Zaha is valued at approximately £100m by Palace

However, The Sun claims Parish, who plans to sell the club is concerned that a Zaha departure could wreck his chances of finding new owners who share his long-term vision.

Zaha has been valued at £100million by Palace, which is much bigger than Arsenal’s £40m transfer budget.

This means the Gunners may have to sell the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Palace are under no pressure to sell Zaha after making a cash profit of £45m, rising to £50m, from the sale of academy graduate Aaron Wan-Bissaka who joined Manchester United on Saturday.

Palace have already let a high profile player leave the club this summer in Wan-Bissaka

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Palace have already let a high profile player leave the club this summer in Wan-Bissaka

Wan-Bissaka’s exit only increases Zaha’s importance and value to the club – and to potential investors.

Any deal for Zaha would also see his former club Manchester United get a 25 per cent cut while Palace’s chances of avoiding the relegation zone next season would decrease.

Meanwhile, buying out wantaway American investors Josh Harris, David Blitzer and other shareholders, plus clearing some debt would require upwards of £200m.

There is also a project to build a new Main Stand at Selhurst Park will cost them around £100m and the club’s academy would require a £30m upgrade.