Report: Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha tells Palace he wants out

Wilfried Zaha has reportedly confirmed to Crystal Palace that he wants a summer exit amid strong interest from Arsenal.

After impressing once more at Palace last season, Zaha is understood to be determined to have a second chance at a big club this summer following his poor stint at Manchester United.

The Ivory Coast international only made two appearances in a Red Devils jersey before being shipped off on loan spells to Cardiff City and back at Palace, who eventually re-signed him in 2015.

But Zaha has rediscovered his best form at Selhurst Park since then, and evidently feels that the time has come for him to take his talents elsewhere.

At 26, the Ivorian is aware he’s approaching his peak years and wants to enjoy them playing Champions League football.

Only Arsenal, so far, have attempted to sign Zaha after having a £40m bid turned down by Palace, who are allegedly holding out for £100m instead.

Following the Ivory Coast’s quarter-final exit in the African Cup of Nations last week, though, Zaha is free to resolve his future once and for all.

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And Sky Sports claim that he’s already told the Palace board of his plans to move on this summer. Should this be true, then it will now be up to Arsenal to come back with a more suitable offer to Palace.

Although the Gunners will have to act quickly as London rivals Tottenham, French champions Paris Saint-Germain and German giants Borussia Dortmund are all reportedly interested.

Nonetheless, Eagles boss Roy Hodgson expects Arsenal or any other interested clubs to pay the full asking price for Zaha.

“I don’t think Arsenal have actually made a bid that has come anywhere near our valuation,” he said.

“I’m sure the player realises that if someone’s going to take him away from us, he’ll expect clubs to pay the market value.

“Until someone does that, there’s not much to discuss regarding Wilf.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 12: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace shoots during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth at Selhurst Park on May 12, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

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