Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol has revealed that Arsenal could be prepared to spend as much as £70m to secure the signature of Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace this summer.
The north London giants have already failed with an opening bid worth £40m for the Ivorian and it was predicted that the club may struggle to come up with an improved bid for the attacker, who has netted 35 goals for Palace to date.
However, Solhekol has suggested that may not be the case and the Gunners’ may have more funds in reserves than the £45m budget mentioned regularly in the media.
He added that Unai Emery’s side may be prepared to break their transfer record to pursue Zaha, although any deal would involve staggered payments rather than a straight-cash move.
Kaveh Solhekol (Sky reporter): “Arsenal can go up to £70m to buy Wilfried Zaha, £70m is the point in which they would walk away. Obviously that is not going to be £70m in cash straight down, but a deal that would be worth £70m in total.” [Sky Sports News] #afc pic.twitter.com/hogqQIXWrx— afcstuff (@afcstuff) July 3, 2019
Aside from Zaha, Arsenal are on the hunt for defensive reinforcements as well and they are currently in talks to pursue Kieran Tierney and William Saliba from Celtic and Saint-Etienne respectively.
The Gunners may have to spend around £50m to pursue the duo, though they are claims that Saint-Etienne won’t sanction the sale of Saliba unless he is loaned back to the club for the forthcoming season.