Crystal Palace have been left angered by Arsenal’s attempts to ‘unsettle’ star forward Wilfried Zaha.
Arsenal are believed to have made the 26-year-old their key target this summer, reportedly tabling an opening offer in the region of £40m for the Ivory Coast international.
Zaha has told Palace of his desire to leave Selhurst Park this summer, though Roy Hodgson’s side are believed to be holding out for a fee of around £80m to part with their prized asset.
Zaha, a boyhood Arsenal fan, is keen on a move to the Emirates as he bids to fulfil his ambition of playing European football, however, Palace are said to have been left ‘angry’ by the North London side’s approach which they believe is a deliberate tactic to unsettle the player.
According to the Mirror, Palace are now determined not to sell the player to Arsenal, who are set to return with an improved offer. Arsenal’s renewed approach may include players in part-exchange, with full-back Carl Jenkinson being muted as a potential makeweight.
Unai Emery’s transfer plans are restricted following Arsenal’s failure to secure Champions League football for a third consecutive season, and with Palace under no pressure to sell the Gunners will have to be creative in their attempts to secure a deal.