Despite its unlikeliness, it’s one story that won’t go away.
Wilfried Zaha to Arsenal is lingering, each day it refreshes itself with a nugget of information, and now apparently, in the midst of the rumour, Zaha himself has said he would relish a move to the Gunners.
The Ivory Coast international has expressed his desire to leave Crystal Palace after an impressive campaign that saw him largely responsible for another season of safety. Despite an injury halfway through the campaign, Zaha still bagged ten goals and ten assists in a sometimes struggling Eagles side.
His virtuoso displays have caused his club to slap a high transfer fee on the player – which would seemingly rule us out instantly.
Still, the rumour persists – so where is our increased budget coming from?
According to BBC Sport’s David Ornstein and widely reported elsewhere, our transfer cash is limited to around the £45m mark. That falls well below what Zaha is valued at, and that means we think we can barter Crystal Palace down by a huge amount – highly implausible – or we have a few sales lined up to boost funds.
So who could go in order for us to nab the player, the wide man – we so desperately need?
We have already dispelled a few from our ranks, but for precious little money. That means that more are headed for the exit door if we are indeed going in for Zaha. The likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Mohamed Elneny and Laurent Koscielny have all been linked with moves away from the club this summer, and combined, could maybe push us toward the magic number.
The problem is, it wouldn’t leave much room for any other purchases. The likes of a defender is still needed, as well as a midfielder. How will me manage to recruit with pennies for a budget?
Zaha could revitalise out team, make no mistake. But at the cost of failing to recruit comprehensively for what we need?
Our Recruitment team have a real job on their hands negotiating themselves out of this one.