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Ornstein offers big update on Arsenal’s £65m bid to sign exciting duo

Crystal Palace have been left ‘incensed’ by Arsenal’s £40m offer for Wilfried Zaha and we’re also in danger of missing out on Kieran Tierney to Napoli

Managers are working hard trying to strengthen their squads during the summer transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Here, we have the latest on Arsenal’s bid to sign Wilfried Zaha and Kieran Tierney…

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Crystal Palace have been left ‘incensed’ by Arsenal’s £40m offer for Wilfried Zaha and we’re also in danger of missing out on Kieran Tierney to Napoli, according to BBC journalist David Ornstein.

Unai Emery is looking to add some width to his squad this summer and Sky Sports claimed last night that Arsenal have formalised their interest in Zaha by submitting an opening £40m offer.

The 26-year-old is desperate to leave Selhurst Park to join the Gunners – who he supported growing up – and Zaha’s brother, Judicael, told Sky Sports they hope Palace will repay him for his service to the club by agreeing a deal with Arsenal.

“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’s 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’s supported since childhood.”

However, Palace are reluctant to lose another key player after selling Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United and Sky Sports says they’ve slapped an £80m price-tag on Zaha’s head – which is double what Arsenal have put on the table.

The attacker still has three years left on his contract but the Zaha camp claim he only signed the deal on the understanding Palace wouldn’t stand in his way if a club like Arsenal came calling with a formal approach.

However, BBC journalist David Ornstein says Palace have been left incensed by Arsenal’s offer as they feel it’s a blatant attempt to unsettle Zaha to try and secure a cut-price deal and they don’t feel it even warrants a response.

Ornstein says Palace will reluctantly sell the attacker if a suitable offer arrives but they don’t see Arsenal’s £40m bid as credible and they’re determined to get closer to £80m due to Man Utd being owed 25% of any profit above £6m.

Worryingly, the BBC journalist says Palace will refuse to lower their valuation – despite Zaha’s brothers public statements – as they feel their close relationship with the player means he won’t cause any problems if a move to Arsenal doesn’t materialise.

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So it looks like we’re miles away from getting a deal agreed for Zaha and I don’t see how Arsenal can afford to get even close to Palace’s £80m valuation without having to sell either Alexandre Lacazette or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

If that’s not bad enough, Ornstein has also offered a worrying update on Arsenal’s pursuit of Kieran Tierney as he says Napoli are now in pole position to sign the talented Celtic left-back this summer.

Arsenal have been trying to get a deal agreed for Tierney in recent weeks and the Sunday Post, via The Sun, suggested on the weekend we were close to reaching an agreement after submitting a third offer worth £20m up front plus £5m in add ons.

However, Ornstein claims it’s Napoli who are now winning the race to sign the 22-year-old full back:

If Arsenal could have snapped-up Zaha and Tierney for a combined £65m then it would have been excellent business and with offers reportedly on the table, it looks like Emery is seriously trying to land the duo.

However, if Ornstein’s update is accurate, it seems we’re a long way from completing either deal and we’ll struggle to increase the offers unless we can raise extra funds by selling off existing players.

No doubt Arsenal would be willing to sell the likes of Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Shkodran Mustafi but there seems to be very little interest in the trio so it’s going to be interesting to see how things play out from here.

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I think a deal can be done for Tierney within our budget as long as we can persuade him to snub Napoli for London but Palace are unlikely to lower their valuation too much for Zaha, so I fear we’ll have to sacrifice a key player in order to afford him.



  1. Kings

    July 2, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Emery please time is not on our side.Buy some good players nd let training begins

  2. martin benson

    July 2, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Zaha has 4 years left on his Palace contract and there is no release clause.

    Palace value Zaha at £100m not the reported £80m and they have even been quoted as yesterday raising that valuation up to £120m and then there is the matter of his £30m current contract on wages of £130,000 per week.

    With Palace on the verge of attracting new investors they will want to keep their key players and are not looking at paltry insulting bids for these players.

    • Putaturs

      July 2, 2019 at 2:10 pm

      They’ll struggle even more to attract investors when they end up in the championship. If they were smart they’d swipe a bunch of Arsenal players while they’re desperate to sign him. I can’t see him happily seeing out his contract at a bottom half club personally so unless they find someone else to pay that ridiculous asking price they will suffer as much as anyone else.

  3. Uwot?

    July 2, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Paltry insulting bids ? Lol!f***ng hilarious.what u smoking over there? I can Ask £100 million for my bedsit all day long.doesnt mean I’ll get it.Seriously palace need to wake up & smell the coffee & get real.maybe Arsenal will value corporal Jenkinson at £50 million & throw him into the deal.Wed be insulted if palace offered anything less lol!

    • Mark

      July 6, 2019 at 11:33 am

      Arsenal paid £35m for Mustafi and a similar amount for Xhaka and they are both garbage. Are you telling me that Zaha isn’t worth at least double these clowns

  4. Owen

    July 2, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I think it is better to sign zaha to improve on our wings and hence creating more goals for Aub and Lac.
    please sign him

    • Mark

      July 6, 2019 at 11:29 am

      Sadly they can’t afford Zaha unless they sell one of Aub or Lac. Desperate times for a club ruined by a Yank owner who couldn’t care less

  5. martin benson

    July 2, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Arsenal 2 Palace 3

    Sorry if we emphatically ended your Champions League dreams but that does not mean that you can insult us by offering peanuts even if that is all you can afford.

    I suggest that you look at your financial position before looking at something out of your price range as you are losing millions.

  6. martin benson

    July 2, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Why would Wilf want to play in a library compared to vibrant Selhurst Park

    Last season Palace fans were singing “We can hear you turn the page” to the silent stunned Arsenal fans and there was no response to our mocking chant.

    Palace have no need to sell hence their high valuation which is now up to £120m according to reports.

  7. CorporateMan

    July 2, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    If this 40 – 45m transfer budget story is true (and it’s looking credibly so every passing day), then I’m afraid Arsenal will be left behind by several teams next season. and not only by fellow top-six teams.
    Look at what ManU and even Spurs who have a stadium cost to pay for, are doing in the market!
    It’s going to be another horror season for us long suffering gooners

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  9. Justinho Avuci

    July 3, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    I think W Zaha w’ll bring g’rt imp’ct 2 da club if they can land diz summer coz he iz such a gud player. so i juz hope arsenal should break da bank 4 diz guy.

  10. Mark

    July 6, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Sums Zaha up. He has failed at Man U and rather than challenge himself at a team in the CL and capable of going for the title he wants to join Arsenal. They are perfect for each other

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