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Crystal Palace have placed a £100m price tag on Wilfried Zaha to ward off interest from Arsenal, according to reports in the British media.

It was confirmed last night that Arsenal had finally made a bid - thought to be as low as £40m - which was described by one Palace source as "laughable".

The story is interesting for a number of reasons, none moreso than the fact that Arsenal are reported to have just £40m available as things stand to spend on new players this summer.

In response to the ridiculous bid, Palace told the Gunners that they want double the amount (£80m) paid within a year.

Palace's stance on that has not altered - they will reluctantly sanction Zaha's departure if the price is right, but they do not view Arsenal's bid as credible.

That would only increase Palace's determination to secure a huge fee for Zaha from Arsenal, who have held initial talks over a move, or any other club.

Özil endured a hard campaign last season and the club were reportedly ready to move him on this summer.

The Cote d'lvoire worldwide is valued at £80m by Palace, while the club are also reluctant to sell their star player after agreeing a £50m deal with Manchester United for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The Red Devils were able to keep in place the sell on clause they have for Zaha, though Palace tried to negotiate to get it removed, meaning they'd still be due money should he be sold.

Unai Emery and co. are known to be on the lookout for reinforcements out wide, with a rake of wingers having already been touted as potential arrivals at the Emirates this summer.

The prospect of a messy divorce from the club with whom Zaha has been associated since he was 12, and for whom he has played 285 games across two spells, looms large.



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