Unai Emery wants Arsenal to ‘break the bank’ to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha.
Arsenal’s transfer budget is believed to be restricted to just £40m this summer following the club’s failure to secure Champions League football for a third consecutive season, though Emery will push the club’s hierarchy to invest more in signing his key targets.
According to the Sun, Emery is desperate to land Palace forward Zaha as he bids to rebuild his squad at the Emirates. The 26-year-old has reportedly told Crystal Palace that he wants to leave Selhurst Park this summer, with the Ivory Coast international wanting to fulfil his ambition of playing Champions League football.
Whilst Arsenal will be in the Europa League next season they possess ambitions of re-establishing themselves amongst Europe’s elite, whilst Zaha is believed to be a boyhood fan of the club which could help lure him to North London.
Arsenal boss Emery will look to raise further funds by sanctioning the sales of several fringe players, with the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny likely to be allowed to leave should suitable buyers be found.
The report says that Palace will demand a fee in excess of £55m for a player who has shone in the Premier League in recent seasons, winning the club’s Player of the Year award in three consecutive years between 2016 and 2018.
Arsenal are also likely to return for Celtic’s Kieran Tierney as Emery looks to strengthen at left-back, with the club said to be optimistic of landing the 22-year-old despite seeing an opening bid rejected by the Scottish champions.
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