Arsenal backed to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha by Liverpool legend

first_img Phil HaighMonday 20 May 2019 8:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link113Shares Advertisement Advertisement Zaha scored against Arsenal in April (Picture: REUTERS)‘He’s already had that stint at Manchester United, which was a complete disaster and was probably part of his maturation. Because he’s been there already, there’s been links to United. I don’t see him doing that.‘I don’t think, psychologically, having had such a disaster there for two seasons that he would go back so we can forget them.‘I think we’re talking Arsenal or Chelsea. If Chelsea are letting [Eden] Hazard go, they will still be able to make some transfers.’That statement about Hazard is certainly not the case if the transfer ban is upheld. Whether the Blues sell the Belgian or not, they will not be able to bring any other players in.Nicol thinks Zaha would be an ideal addition for Arsenal, especially given the lack of threat they possess on the flanks.‘Arsenal, I’m not keen on what they have in wide areas,’ continued the 57-year-old. ‘[Alex] Iwobi, for me, in the final third has no end product and [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan has had an absolute disaster.‘I think they would like him and both sides would suit him. I think every player wants to go to the best but for him, he thought he was going to the best before and it didn’t work out.‘I don’t think it’ll be a case of going to the best side, it’ll be a case of going where you’re going to play.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Eagles are thought to want a whopping £80m for Zaha, but Arsenal are considering haggling that price down by offering players in exchange.The Gunners may send Calum Chambers and Reiss Nelson across London in a cash-plus-players deal for the Ivory Coast international.MORE: Manchester City set to make move for £75m-rated Manchester United target Harry MaguireMORE: Arsenal hope Matteo Guendouzi can convince Alexis Claude-Maurice to join Gunners Comment Wilfried Zaha is set to leave Crystal Palace this summer (Picture: Rex Features)Arsenal and Chelsea have been put at the front of the queue for Wilfried Zaha’s signature, according to Liverpool hero Steve Nicol.The Crystal Palace forward looks certain to leave Selhurst Park this summer after telling the club he wants a move and there will likely be plenty of offers for the 26-year-old.The likes of Tottenham and Manchester United have been linked with moves for Zaha, but Nicol believes that Arsenal and Chelsea appear to be more likely destinations, with a return to Old Trafford after a poor spell there unlikely.Given that Chelsea are set for a transfer ban for the next two transfer windows (unless they successfully appeal) then that would make the Gunners the most likely to win the race for the winger.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think the time is right for him to take a step up,’ Nicol told ESPN FC.‘I don’t believe he’s the type of player or person who wants to go abroad, I think he’s quite happy in England. Arsenal backed to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha by Liverpool legendlast_img read more