Journalist reveals Arsenal’s underhand tactics in Zaha negotiations

Date published: Thursday 4th July 2019 10:38

Arsenal are reportedly using their apparently low budget as a ‘smokescreen’ to place lowball offers for their major targets.

Widespread reports have claimed that the Gunners have a budget of just £40million to revamp their squad after they missed out on qualification for this season’s Champions League.

However, Sky journalist Kaveh Solhekol has claimed that the budget is a bluff designed to get them a better deal when it comes to negotiating transfers, with £70million available to purchase Wilfried Zaha, who they have had a £40million bid rejected for.

Solhekol told The Transfer Show: “Interestingly, we have read that Arsenal’s transfer budget this summer, because they have missed out on the Champions League, is just £45m, plus what they can raise from selling players.

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“We have kept reading that, £45m. People are thinking ‘why are Arsenal trying to sign a player who Crystal Palace are saying is worth £80m, when they only have £45m?’

“What I have been told is that it suits Arsenal that people think they only have £45m, because when they get into negotiations over a player, the selling club is going to think Arsenal don’t have much money.

“What I have been told is that this is a bit of a smokescreen and Arsenal can go up to £70m to buy Wilfried Zaha. £70m is the point at which they would walk away.

“A deal that would be worth £70m in total. We just have to take it with a pinch of salt that Arsenal only have £45m. They are one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“We are not talking about £300m for Neymar, this is £70m in total. I think Arsenal can do that.”


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