Zaha’s brother says Arsenal move on mind as Gunners bid $51M

(Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)

Judicael Zaha says his brother’s dream is to play for Arsenal, and the North London club has bid nearly $51 million for Crystal Palace star Wilfried.

The 26-year-old Palace playmaker would join Aaron Wan-Bissaka in leaving Selhurst Park.

Sky Sports reported that Arsenal made its bid for Zaha, who has produced 26 goals and 26 assists across his last three Premier League campaigns.

[ MORE: USWNT-England preview ]

It’s well-documented that Palace expect more than $100 million for Wilfried Zaha, and it’s seemingly no coincidence that Zaha’s brother is making this statements as the Gunners offer around half that total.

Here’s Judicael, via Sky Sports:

“It’s my brother’s dream though, to play for Arsenal,” he added. “Given all that Wilfried has given to Crystal Palace to help them remain a Premier League club, I hope Palace will be able to see their way to agreeing a deal with Arsenal that allows Wilfried to realise his dream of playing European Football for the club he’s supported since childhood.”

Will they meet halfway? Other reports claim that Zaha is not a priority for the Gunners, who would be in the catbird seat as the player’s preferred destination without pushing particularly hard for his services.

Do you think Palace will resist the urge to sell for under its price tag? No player was as fouled as Zaha during the last Premier League season, and the player is clearly a producer at the level.

What would he mean to Unai Emery and the Emirates Stadium set?