Thread: Rumour: Zaha summer 2019
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Old 01-07-2019, 09:01 PM
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I think his entourage/family are definitely trying to stir things, whether with Wilf’s explicit backing or not.

He was given a good contract increase last season, probably with an agreement to discuss a move at the end of 2018/19. The seemingly well managed interviews etc around the end of the season clearly suggested we were ok with him going for European football, at a price we were happy with that would give us a decent return after the sell on. Just who that may have been is the issue. I suspect both parties expected the most likely to be Chelsea or Spurs, or maybe a European club. Wilf and his team may have hoped for Arsenal based on the stuff about boyhood fan etc, but as soon as they didn’t make the CL, their finances plunged below what may allow them to buy him this season. Spurs seem to have cooled and Chelsea are currently out of the game.

Look at the reality of signing him...we want between 80-100m to clear 60m minimum. At his age, that would be upfront or over two years, without loads of add ons for “potential”. At 26 coming up 27, he may get a 4 year deal, so the transfer comes in at a 20-25m pa hit on the new accounts. Add in at least 150k pw wages, or 7.5m pa, plus sign on fee, agent fee etc etc and the new club is looking at around 30-35m pa in the account - a huge sum for one player.

I think that with the extended contract, and the wage level, plus the penalty of the sell on, have almost made him unaffordable to all bar one or two clubs - and I don’t think Arsenal in their current financial state are one of them. I sense some panic in his team at the likelihood of a move.
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