Everton must offer James McCarthy to Crystal Palace in Wilfried Zaha deal

Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace celebrates with team-mate Yannick Bolasie after scoring his first goal during the npower Championship play off semi final second leg between Brighton & Hove...

Should Everton use James McCarthy as a makeweight in a potential deal for Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha?

Wilfried Zaha of Palace during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on April 21, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Everton have been linked with a move for Wilfried Zaha [The Evening Standard], but it looks unlikely that he'll end up at Goodison Park.

After all, the Toffees have very stiff competition.

Tottenham Hotspur can offer him Champions League football, while Arsenal can offer him the chance to fulfill a boyhood dream by playing for the Gunners.

But Everton might have an ace in the hole, an advantage that neither of the two North London clubs have.

 

What the Goodison Park club have is James McCarthy, the subject of an £8 million bid by Crystal Palace this weekend [The Daily Mail].

The Merseysiders reportedly want £10 million, but should Everton offer McCarthy in a player-plus-cash deal for Zaha?

If rumours are believed, Palace value Zaha at around £70 million [The Mail] and this seems like a smart way for Marco Silva to potentially get him at a knock-down price.

It would still be £60 million, which is still a lot of money, but maybe, just maybe, it's a way of getting the Eagles' attention because £60 million plus McCarthy might be better for Palace than a flat £70 million.

Wilfried Zaha of Palace reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on November 5, 2017 in London, England.

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