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Browett: Clubs Will Have To Wait For £20m-Rated Zaha
Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Crystal Palace warn clubs off Wilfred Zaha.
Crystal Palace co-owner Stephen Browett has insisted Wilfred Zaha is not for sale this January amid reported interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, according to talkSPORT.
The 20-year-old has become one of the hottest properties around after an excellent start to the season in the Championship, and his form recently earned him a call-up to the England senior squad for Wednesday nights friendly against Sweden.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City have been strongly linked with the exciting young attacker in recent weeks and the trio are thought to be weighing up a January move.
However, Browett has claimed it would be foolish for Palace to sell their star man when the window re-opens as it would severely hamper their chances of securing promotion to the lucrative Premier League this season.
“We absolutely do not want to sell Wilfried in January,”
“If you finish last in the Premier League you get £60m in prize money, and with parachute payments over four years you are guaranteed £100m.
“It is such a massive amount that selling your best player when you have a good chance of promotion makes no sense at all.
Browett is quoted as saying by talkSPORT
The Crystal Palace supremo went on to hint that it would take an offer in the region of £20m to secure the services of the highly-rated attacker when the club do decide to cash-in. He continued:
“The figure of £20m has been talked about and that lets interested clubs know we are serious, but he is not for sale.” Browett continued.
Browett’s claims are unlikely to put off the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City from making their interest official in January but it does seem as though the Championship side are determined to keep hold of Zaha, and aren’t just playing games too increase his price-tag.
But if a sizable offer is tabled, with reports suggesting Arsenal will make the first move with a £9m bid, it’s going to be difficult for Palace not to at least enter negotiations for the youngster. Money talks after all.
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