Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has told the club that he wants to leave as soon as he returns for pre-season, following his involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations this summer.
The 26-year-old has already been the subject of a £40m bid from Arsenal ahead of the 2019/20 season, with manager Unai Emery listing Zaha as his top priority in the transfer market.
Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace that he wants to leave the club when he returns from the African Cup of Nations, according to Sky sources.— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 18, 2019
Zaha's decision to effectively hand in a transfer request is expected to force Arsenal into action once again, with journalist Kaveh Solhekol suggesting that the Gunners could submit an improved offer for the Ivory Coast international 'in the coming days'.
But Palace manager Roy Hodgson has already confirmed that Arsenal are still short over their valuation of Zaha this summer, with their London rivals only willing to pay half of the forward's reported £80m to £100m price tag.
As recently as last week, it had been suggested that Zaha's representatives believed a move to north London could be off completely off the cards due to the two clubs' difference in valuation.
Wilfried Zaha has no issue with Crystal Palace or Roy Hodgson. Because of what happened to him at Manchester United (2013-2015) he feels he needs to prove to himself that he can do it at one of the world’s biggest clubs 1/2— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 18, 2019
Zaha's price tag has also seen Arsenal target Grêmio forward Everton Cebolinha in a move which appears to have been orchestrated by the club's new technical director Edu Gaspar.
But following Zaha's decision to tell Crystal Palace to find him a new club in time for his return in a few weeks, Arsenal will likely be encouraged to submit an improved offer in an attempt to force their London rivals into selling this summer.