Arsenal have reportedly joined the race to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, offering competition for rivals Tottenham in the £30m race.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed a decent season this year, scoring six goals and providing 11 assists in 33 Premier League games to play an important role for the Eagles.
It’s been enough to attract interest from both Arsenal and Tottenham it seems, with The Sun claiming that the Gunners are ready to pursue the £30m man too.
However, there’s an interesting claim that Arsene Wenger could offer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson as part of the deal to sign Zaha, as both players are of interest to Sam Allardyce.
It’s easy to see why Jenkinson could form part of the deal as he has struggled to hold down a role at the Emirates, but it certainly would seem strange to include Oxlade-Chamberlain in it. The 23-year-old is considered a pivotal part of Wenger’s plans moving forward and he has found some consistency and good form this season.
Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that he has just one year left on his contract and so perhaps that could be a problem and a reason as to why he might be shipped out this summer if a new deal can’t be agreed upon on.
It’s added that Wenger has been impressed with Zaha this season and is willing to offer a straight cash deal too to bolster his attacking options next year, regardless of whether or not Alexis Sanchez stays as the Chilean is another player with a contract that runs for just over 12 more months.
Tottenham have long been linked with a move for the Ivorian international, and to lose out to their fierce north London rivals would be a huge blow for Mauricio Pochettino. However, time will tell as to who can either meet Zaha’s valuation or offer an acceptable package deal to Palace to prise him away.