Arsenal were in pole position to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace in January, but the imminent resolution of the contract extension with Theo Walcott means that we are not so desperate for the young winger. Palace have stated that they want to keep him for the season, but are resigned to losing him in the summer, and this puts Manchester United in a good position to seal the deal and snatch a major target from under Arsenal’s nose.
The chairman of Crystal Palace has admitted that a large bid in January may tempt them to sell sooner than they wish, but the Gunners are not well known for paying over the odds. Alex Ferguson may agree terms with Palace which guarantees Zaha’s transfer to Old Trafford, but allows him to stay at his current club until the end of the season.
Arsene Wenger could offer a similar deal to Palace, and may have to do some sharp and speedy negotiating if he is not to lose the promising player. Zaha is an Arsenal fan, and is more likely to play regular football at the Emirates. Wenger also has a fantastic reputation of turning promising young players into top class footballers, so there is a chance that we could still get him.