Crystal Palace don’t want to sell Wilfried Zaha to Premier League rivals Arsenal, but could they be tempted with players offered in exchange?
Arsenal could offer Crystal Palace the chance to sign Calum Chambers or Mohamed Elneny as they look to tempt their London rivals into letting Wilfried Zaha completed a dream move to the Emirates, according to Goal.
It is no secret that Zaha, a boyhood Gunners fanatic, has emerged as Arsenal’s number one transfer target this summer.
The Sun claims that they have offered £40 million so far for the Ivory Coast international. But it will take a lot more than that for Crystal Palace to sell their academy graduate for the second time with club bosses demanding a staggering £120 million and viewing that £40 million bid as rather ‘embarrassing’.
Money is in short supply at Arsenal after they missed out on the Champions League yet again, however, so Unai Emery and co will have to get creative.
Goal claims that Crystal Palace are keen on long-serving right-back Carl Jenkinson. And Arsenal could now offer two more fringe players in an attempt to sweeten the Zaha deal.
Three-time England international Chambers impressed last year in a struggling Fulham side and his ability to play in defence or midfield should appeal to Palace. Elneny, meanwhile, has failed to establish himself as a starter at Arsenal following his £5 million move from Basel.
The truth is, though, neither would be able to replicate the influence Zaha has at Selhurst Park.