Despite many statements by the Crystal Palace owners and manager stating otherwise, Arsenal are confident that they will be able to make Wilfried Zaha an Arsenal player. Not only that, they think that the deal might be done in the January transfer window rather than having to wait until next summer.
The 20-year old England international, who was born in the Ivory Coast, has made up his mind that he wants to come to the Emirates, apparently. The wing sensation is a long time fan of Arsenal, so it will be a dream move for him. It is not just for sentimental reasons that Zaha wants to make the journey from South to North London. In Arsene Wenger, he knows he will have a manager with a proven track record of giving opportunities to, and getting the best out of, young players.
The Mail reports that Arsenal will start the bidding at £9 million in January, although Crystal Palace want closer to £20 million. Palace were hoping that a bidding war between Manchester United and Man City would help them to get as much as possible, but if Arsenal know the player has settled on the Emirates it could help us get a better deal.