Wilfried Zaha refused to rule out a move to Arsenal when asked about his future ahead of the Ivory Coast’s last-16 clash with Mali at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Gunners have had a bid of £40million rejected for Zaha, with Crystal Palace understood to be holding out for a fee of around £70m for the 26-year-old forward. Arsenal are already lining up a second proposal for Zaha despite leaving Palace ‘furious’ and ‘incensed’ with their opening offer.
Zaha, who scored in a 4-1 victory over Namibia on Monday, is keen to push through a move to his boyhood club this summer but, for the time being, Palace stand in the way of his ‘dream’ transfer. Asked about Arsenal’s £40m offer, Zaha told On Sport: ‘I have no comment on it. The only thing that’s on my mind right now is trying to win this cup [AFCON].’
Pushed on whether he would like to play for Arsenal, Zaha replied: ‘I don’t know… we’ll see in the future.’ While Zaha appeared to give little away in the interview, many Arsenal fans were left convinced that he would be on his way this summer. Zaha’s brother, Judicael, has pleaded with Palace to let the forward join Arsenal this summer.
‘Wilfried will always hold Crystal Palace and their fans in the highest regard and all the support they have given means the world to him. It is my brother’s dream, though, to play for Arsenal. Given all that Wilfried has given to Crystal Palace to help them remain a Premier League club, I hope Palace will be able to see their way to agreeing a deal with Arsenal that allows Wilfried to realise his dream of playing European football for the club he has supported since childhood.’
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