Arsenal keep a close eye on €45m-rated Ivory Coast international

The London club have rekindled their interest in Wilfried Zaha ahead of the summer transfer window as the Spanish boss continues his search for offensive reinforcements. Ivory Coast international has been favoured to leave Selhurst Park after the end of the campaign, with the Eagles now set to cash in on him.

Wilfried, a self-confessed Gunners supporter, was close to securing a move to Arsenal back in the summer of 2019. However, a transfer did not materialise as Crystal Palace stuck true to their hefty valuation of Zaha.

It led to Arsenal eventually settling for an alternative in Nicolas Pepe, with the move being sanctioned through various installments. Pepe’s move to Arsenal, though, has not quite worked out for the Gunners, with the 28-year-old forward often struggling with a lack of form and consistency.

The Ivorian forward has seemingly settled in with the pace of English football, but there remains a lack of temperament as well as the confidence that has ultimately stifled his progress in north London.

Wilfried, in contrast, has continued to flourish at Selhurst Park, under the leadership of ex-England coach Roy Hodgson. This campaign, in particular, the winger has netted nine goals in only 22 games, helping Crystal Palace maintain their mid-table status. Zaha has, in fact, been involved in one-third of the club’s goals this campaign.

Such incredible productivity, it looks, has once again attracted the attention of the Gunners who have struggled with the lack of consistency in the ongoing season. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, for one, has had issues with his consistency, while being deployed in the wider attacking role has drawn in criticism from experts and fans alike.