Arsenal may have missed out on another of their transfer targets. There are reports that Manchester United are about to agree terms with Crystal Palace over the transfer of their winger Wilfried Zaha. Tottenham seem to have accepted defeat in their challenge for the England international, and the silence from Arsenal has been deafening, leaving the way clear for Alex Ferguson to complete the signing.
There are two teams who are fighting over the signature of the powerful young winger, Wilfried Zaha, and Arsenal are not one of them, apparently. It had previously been a two horse race between the Gunners and Manchester United, but now Tottenham are the team hoping to seal the deal with Crystal Palace this month, if the report in the Daily Mail is correct.
Our North London rivals are thought to be willing to sign the player but allow him to remain at Selhurst Park for the rest of the season. This is ideal for the championship club, because he has become distracted by the uncertainty over his future and Palace need him for their push to the Premier league.
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.
Wilfried Zaha is an Arsenal fan, and will soon be an Arsenal player, apparently. There are rumours that an agreement has been made between Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Zaha about his transfer to the Gunners in January, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
Palace rejected a bid of around £8 million from Manchester United, according to the Mail. With Alex Ferguson stepping up his pursuit of Christiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, United are unlikely to pursue the matter further, leaving just Tottenham challenging Arsenal for the 20-year old. Given that he supports Arsenal and that he wants to play in the Champions league, there is no way he is going to choose Spurs over us.
Wilfried Zaha is an Arsenal fan, and Arsene Wenger is a Wilfried Zaha fan. Add to that the fact (we hope) that the Gunners are set to end the penny pinching ways of recent years and compete with the bigger clubs when it comes to transfer fees and wages, we might have thought it was simply a matter of time before Zaha was an Arsenal player.
Alex Ferguson and Manchester United have different ideas, however, and are set to provide a stern challenge to Arsenal for the 20-year old Crystal Palace and England star. United are believed to be willing to agree a deal with Palace that allows them to keep the winger until the summer, whereas Wenger was hoping to prise him from Ian Holloway’s side in January.
Wilfried Zaha is an Arsenal fan and was soon going to be an Arsenal player if newspaper reports are true. The Crystal Palace manager, Ian Holloway, complained again this week about Arsene Wenger. Holloway is upset about what he percieves as Wenger’s attempts to destabilise the young winger, even though Wenger has done nothing but answer a question posed by a journalist.
Palace have issued denials that Zaha will leave, but they have sounded increasingly desperate, suggesting that they knew they were going to lose the England international. Now it seems that Alex Ferguson has stuck his oar in and will offer Palace the opportunity to keep Zaha for the season if they agree to sell him to United.
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.
Arsene Wenger has rubbed Ian Holloway, manager of Crystal Palace and Gollum lookalike, up the wrong way by admitting his interest in making Wilfried Zaha an Arsenal player. Asked years ago on Soccer Saturday who would play him in a film, the eccentric Holloway suggested the Lord of the Rings character, and he is continuing the analogy with his obsession about his precious, the £20 million rated winger.
“Why is he talking about my players? I don’t think that’s right and proper, with the greatest respect.
“I don’t think anybody who manages any other club should actually admit who he likes and what he should be doing.
Reports today suggest that Roberto Mancini will start the bidding in January with a £15 million offer for The Arsenal transfer target, Wilfried Zaha. If this is true, then we will have to wait and see whether Arsene Wenger will be given the money to compete with Manchester City, and whether Crystal Palace will stick to their word and rebuff any offers.
The hype surrounding the young Crystal Palace player, Wilfried Zaha, is reaching epic proportions. Arsenal fans out there should just sit back, relax and watch the circus, because there is more chance of Nicklas Bendtner beating Ronaldo and Messi to the Ballon D’Or than there is of Arsenal signing Zaha in January.
I like the kid, he is a very good player and should have a bright future ahead of him. He is, however, only 20-years old, has not played 100 league games in the second tier of English football yet, and has just been given his first international cap in a friendly, as an 83rd minute substitute. Oh, and Palace are talking about £20 million.
Arsenal have been linked incessantly with a move for the young Crystal Palce player, Wilfried Zaha, in recent weeks. Palace chairman is making all the right noises but I think they are resigned to losing the youngster, they just want to make sure that they get the maximum amount of compensation possible.
The new manager of Palace, Ian Holloway, has been raving about Zaha, despite only being in charge of him for two minutes. If you are trying not to sell a player, you don’t go around telling everyone how good he is. Managers will often say that a player has still got alot to learn, or is a work in progress, but there are stories in the papers today comparing Zaha with Messi and Ronaldo. That is a sales pitch if ever I heard one.
Arsenal are one of a number of Premier league teams who are looking at the Crystal Palace youngster Wilfried Zaha. The 19-year old is also attracting interest from Chelsea and Tottenham, but Palace are either trying to put off buyers or seeking alot more money than he is currently worth, stating that around £20 million is the price tag for a player untried in the top division.
Arsenal are reportedly planning an opening offer of around £9 million in January, but if Palace are going to hold out for double that, the Gunners may switch their focus to a player who has already proved his worth in the Premier league, Adel Taarabt of QPR, according to the Daily Mail.