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Arsenal target Zaha tells Crystal Palace he wants to leave

Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace that he wants to leave the club this summer amid interest from Arsenal.

The forward has been strongly linked with a move away from Selhurst Park in the transfer window, with Arsenal believed to have made the 26-year-old their number one target.

Zaha has returned to Palace following his participation in the Ivory Coast’s African Cup of Nations campaign, and Sky Sports are reporting that he has now informed the club of his desire to move on.

Arsenal saw an opening bid for Zaha rejected earlier this summer, although their £40 million offer was someway below Palace’s valuation of their prized asset, believed to be around £80m.

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Zaha, a boyhood Arsenal fan, is keen on a move to the Emirates to fulfil his ambitions of playing European football, though it is thought that the Palace star will consider other clubs should a deal not be agreed with the Gunners.

Arsenal’s finances are believed to be restricted following their failure to secure Champions League football, though Unai Emery’s side are expected to return in the coming days with an improved bid.

Zaha, who came through the Eagles’ academy system, scored 10 goals in 34 Premier League appearances for Palace last season and is keen for another opportunity to prove himself at a bigger club.

The Ivorian previously endured a disappointing spell at Manchester United following a £15m move in 2013, returning to Palace just two years later having failed to establish himself at Old Trafford.

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