Arsenal looking at two alternatives as Emery gives up on £80m deal

Date published: Wednesday 10th July 2019 4:23 - Oli Fisher

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is close to giving up on his pursuit of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, according to a report.

The Gunners had a reported £40million bid for Zaha rejected with, having offered a deal where they would pay the fee over five years, while asking for ‘a hefty discount’ if they managed to reimburse Crystal Palace early.

That is understood to be nowhere near Palace’s valuation as they want closer to £80million for their most prized asset after selling Aaron Wan-Bissaka for £50m to Manchester United.

Arsenal‘s reported budget is widely reported to be only £40-45m depending on which source you read, something which is likely to hamper their pursuit of big names.

According to The Sun, Emery is exploring alternatives having ‘all but given up’ on the idea of signing the Ivory Coast international this summer and is now looking at alternatives.

Barcelona winger Malcom appears to be one option, with reports suggesting the Gunners have asked to player to hold off on accepting a move to Everton.

Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser is another potential target, however his £30million asking price draws reservations from the Emirates hierarchy.


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