Crystal Palace are sticking to their guns over Wilfried Zaha, so his suitors are now going to have to come up with other ways of sweetening the pot.
Depending on who you ask, the London side have slapped a £60-70million price tag on the versatile forward and Everton are looking to give them a former Eagle back to bring down that amount, according to the Mirror. The Toffees value Yannick Bolasie at about £15m, so it’ll be interesting to see how much more they’ll have to throw in on top of that if the rumour is to be believed.
At the same time, Tottenham Hotspur are also preparing their own version of a player plus cash deal per the Times. For Spurs, it’s unwanted midfielder Moussa Sissoko as the makeweight - quite ironic because the Frenchman was thought to be on his way to Merseyside a couple of transfer windows ago before choosing to go to London instead.
The report did add that Zaha has indicated that he would like to go to Tottenham too, and turned down a bumper £120,000/week new contract just a year after signing a £100,000/week deal.
Summer free-spenders West Ham United have been scared off by the high price while Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund are reported to have made enquiries as well.
The 25-year-old has featured in 143 Premier League games for Palace and Manchester United, scoring 22 times with 24 assists, playing all across the forward line. Zaha has proven to be mostly durable apart from a couple of spells missed last season with a knee issue.
If Everton keep hold of Ademola Lookman and Oumar Niasse, then adding just the one forward will likely round off the roster. Malcom is not completely out of the running yet, and offers a cheaper but equal (if not higher) upside, though his only experience outside of Brazil has been in France with Bordeaux.
However, if AS Roma does capture the young winger, it could force Everton into making a move for Zaha instead.