The string of info that surrounds Wilfried Zaha’s eventual destination this summer continues to unravel, but is the winger the answer to our needs?
The Crystal Palace player is the subject of much speculation and it all revolves around a potential move to The Emirates – and the latest news is that Zaha could have trained with the Eagles for the last time, regardless of if the saga rumbles on into the beginnings of the season.
Zaha’s brother has spoken about his sibling’s situation, and he has underlined the pro’s desire to move to the club he supported since he was a boy.
Journalist Dharmesh Sheth has also revealed that apparently Arsenal have made a bid for Zaha, in the region of £40m. Of course, this is pretty much the entirety of our budget this summer, but it will still be categorically refused by Crystal Palace, who are holding out for much more for their man.
If we have to make a winger signing, are there other viable alternatives that won’t cost nearly as much, but are still as welcome as Zaha would be?
Apparently, according to various sources today, Nabil Fekir, full French international and Lyon star, is being made available for as little as £30m.
That is the same Fekir who nearly joined Liverpool last season, only for a failed medical to scupper the move.
Does that mean that Fekir is a gamble?
Not at all.
Fekir grabbed 15 goals in 47 games last season – a rough average of 1 in every 3 – for Lyon last season. Hardly the form of an unfit attacker.
Could we grab Fekir for what would be a bargain? Prior to his move breaking down to Liverpool, the fee being bandied around was around the £40-£45m mark.
And since then, Fekir has proved that the knee injury that left Liverpool backing out of signing the player is well and truly healed.
So, on one hand, we have Zaha, who would completely obliterate our transfer budget and we’d have a player who is capable of going on training strike in order to achieve his goals.
One the other hand, Fekir is less than half the price being quoted for Zaha, and for the last three or four seasons, has earned double figures in the goal column.
Who would you choose?