Wilfried Zaha is one of the most sought after players in the Premier League after revealing his desire to leave Crystal Palace.

The 26-year-old made it clear that he is looking for a new challenge away from Selhurst Park, as he eyes European football in the up-coming new season.

Zaha has told Palace to allow him a move to his boyhood club, Arsenal, according to reports by the Daily Mail, however the price tag may put their London rivals out of the running.

An £80million asking price is way beyond the Gunners’ budget, and their inability to get the Ivory Coast international over the line could be down to their failure to secure Champions League football.

Reports suggest the Arsenal budget following their Europa League Final defeat is £45million, which is way below Palace’s expectations.

Another sticking point is the clause which will see Palace cough up 25% of the Zaha sale to Manchester United, something they tried to negotiate out of his contract during their negotiations over Aaron Wan Bissaka.

The fact they were unable to have that clause removed will only inflate the price, which may be a deal breaker for any potential move to Arsenal.

Zaha is away on international duty at the moment, representing the Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations, and will be expecting a deal to be struck on his return to Selhurst Park.

His last move away from the London club didn’t go to plan, as he failed to make an impact at Manchester United before returning to Palace.

Zaha has been influential in both spells at Selhurst Park, helping the club gain promotion to the Premier League before playing a key role in retaining their top flight status.

Last season, the forward notched 10 goals and created a further five to help keep Palace in the Premier League, and if Arsenal can agree a price on his move to the Emirates he could help lift them into the top four.


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