Everton and Arsenal battle for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha

Kartik Jain
By Kartik Jain
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With not only more than 20 days remaining for the end of summer transfer window, the clubs now rush up to make deals come true. Many interesting deals have been seen and some are yet to be revealed.

Such one is the deal of Crystal Palace winger, Wilfried Zaha. Arsenal were facing no competition for such a talented striker but Everton have now came into the rally to make things tighten for the Gunners.

Crystal Palace is demanding £80m for the transfer of Wilfried Zaha and Palace is reluctant to sell him in no less than £80m as they have ceded Aaron Wan-Bissaka for much worthy price and wants to do the same for Wilfried.

Zaha has been an integral part of Crystal Palace making 147 appearances after joining in 2015, scoring 31 goals.

Arsenal opening bid of £40m for the Ivorian international was swiftly rejected by Crystal Palace who wants at least double that amount. The Gunners also offered the trio of Calum Chambers, Carl Jenkinson and Mohamed Elneny but Palace seems not interested.

Hence, paving path for Everton to enter the race. Everton, now owned by Arsenal former shareholder Farhad Moshiri, has shown in the past he is willing to spend big in transfer window and the 26 year-old could be in their list.

‘I don’t think Arsenal have actually made a bid that has come anywhere near our valuation,’ said Hodgson on Tuesday evening after Palace’s friendly with Barnet.

‘I’m sure the player realises that if someone’s going to take him away from us, he’ll expect clubs to pay the market value.

‘Until someone does that, there’s not much to discuss regarding Wilf.’

Whether Zaha would be tempted by a move to Goodison Park remains to be seen.

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