Arsenal and Liverpool target Wilfried Zaha is not worth £11m
Sharethematch.com looks at Crystal Palace's asking price for Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle target Wilfried Zaha
Zaha is destined for the Premier League – but not at £11m!
With Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman going in to overdrive about how much Wilfried Zaha will cost the Premier League’s elite, it appears the talented youngster’s days at Selhurst Park are numbered.
The £11m price tag the Scot is suggesting is unlikely to materialise, with suitors Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle United more likely to part with a figure in the region of £7-9m for the 19-year-old.
Should Manchester City come calling the south London club may get what they want but money talks in this game, and for all their tough talk, Palace will settle for less come January with perhaps a sell-on clause – as they did with Victor Moses – included in any deal.
The transfer will undoubtedly represent success for the Eagles, who have long prided themselves on a successful youth system which has included some impressive talent down the years including recent graduates Moses and current Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne.
Zaha may yet prove the pick of the bunch, with the rangy, speedy attacker already an England Under-21 international who is proving too hot to handle at Championship level.
But while Freedman may be doing his best to talk English football’s finest in to parting with £11m plus it remains unlikely they will get that once Zaha’s head is turned by the cash on offer in England’s top flight.
Wenger left counting cost after Walcott injury
Arsene Wenger will be fuming after Arsenal winger Theo Walcott was injured while on international duty against San Marino at Wembley on Friday night.
Walcott was forced to stay overnight in a London hospital after being substituted within the first 10 minutes of England’s 5-0 win with a chest injury after he was poleaxed by goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini.
San Marino are officially the joint-worst international side in the Fifa rankings and have just one professional player in their team.
The fixture was a near-meaningless exercise and an injury was always going to occur.
Hopefully Walcott is just badly winded and shaken up but the reality is he will probably miss next weekend’s Premier League fixture for Arsenal at Norwich.
Perhaps the Fifa rankings should see a divisional system put in place and so the better ranked sides only play games against proper footballing nations.
It’s the reason why non-league teams start in the first round qualifying of the FA Cup and Premier League teams join the competition in January on third-round day.
If you’re paying a player £75,000 a week and your job is on the line in a results-driven business like every Premier League manager, it must be infuriating to see one of your players injured while playing for his country.