Report: Arsenal to rival Tottenham for Wilfried Zaha; £35m bid prepared

Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal looks on during the UEFA Europa League group H match between Arsenal FC and 1. FC Koeln at Emirates Stadium on September 14, 2017 in London, United...

Arsenal view Wilfried Zaha as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, and will launch a bid for the Crystal Palace ace regularly linked with Tottenham Hostpur.

Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on October 14, 2017 in London, England.

According to a report from The Sun, Arsenal are ready to make a move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha with Arsene Wenger identifying the 25-year-old as an ideal replacement for Alexis Sanchez.

The Sun reports that Sanchez is likely to leave the Emirates in the coming months - whether that be at the end of his contract next summer or during the January transfer window - and Zaha has been earmarked as a potential replacement for the Chilean. 

Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal looks on during the UEFA Europa League group H match between Arsenal FC and 1. FC Koeln at Emirates Stadium on September 14, 2017 in London, United...

Though Zaha is currently playing for the Premier League's bottom side, the Eagles' position would undoubtedly be a lot worse if it was not for the winger's return from injury.

The former Manchester United man scored the winner in the victory over Chelsea and the last-gasp equaliser against West Ham - and The Sun reports that Palace are now resigned to having to deal with offers despite Zaha signing a new five-year deal in the summer.

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during a Tottenham Hotspur training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H match against Real Madrid on October 31,...

The Sun adds that Zaha - a long-time target for the Gunners' rivals Tottenham - will be the subject of a £35 million bid from Arsenal, so it will be interesting to see whether that sparks Spurs into life and opens up a bidding war between the North London rivals.

With Arsenal and Tottenham interested, it undoubtedly puts Palace in a difficult position as, with Zaha clearly their best player this season, Roy Hodgson will undoubtedly need the wide-man to maintain his best form to give them a chance of survival - but the form required to give Palace some hope will surely only see the interest in him intensify ahead of January.

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