ARSENAL could miss out on Wilfried Zaha to Everton.
The Crystal Palace forward has emerged as the Gunners’ top target this summer.
However, the two clubs remain miles apart in terms of his valuation. Arsenal want to pay around £40m to secure his services.
Palace, in contrast, are demanding around double that.
Zaha’s brother, Judicael, suggested earlier this month that the Ivorian fancied moving from south London to north.
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“Arsenal are battling to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha”
“Wilfried will always hold Crystal Palace and their fans in the highest regard and all the support they have given means the world to him,” he told Sky Sports News.
“It is my brother’s dream, though, to play for Arsenal.
“Given all that Wilfried has given to Crystal Palace to help them remain a Premier League club, I hope Palace will be able to see their way to agreeing a deal with Arsenal that allows Wilfried to realise his dream of playing European football for the club he has supported since childhood.”
The Evening Standard reckon Zaha hasn’t ruled out moving to Merseyside, though.
Everton are willing to make him integral to their long-term plans, have cash to sepnd and have now received encouragement that a deal could happen.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have made more tentative steps in the transfer market this week.
Dani Ceballos will spend the 2019/20 season on loan in north London after Zinedine Zidane deemed his dispensable.
Gunners boss Unai Emery said: “We’re excited to see Dani join us.
“He is a talented player with big technical ability, creativity and precision.”
Arsenal have only limited funds this summer – but Real won’t contribute to Ceballos’ £60,000 a week pay packet.
William Saliba is another fresh face, but the exciting defender will return to Saint-Etienne as a loan player.
Arsenal have handed over £27m to complete the deal after fighting off arch-rivals Tottenham.
“We’re delighted William is joining us,” Emery said.
“Many teams wanted him but he decided he wanted to come to us and be part of our future.”
Saliba says Arsenal’s historic links with legendary French players was a huge draw.
“The history, the badge… since I was little, I’ve been watching Arsenal play,” he explained.
“There are a lot of French players who have come through here. So that really helped me to make my mind up.
“This is the biggest club in England for me.”