Gunners Face £93m Transfer Bill Because Of Man United – Here Is Why

Arsenal Face £93m Transfer Bill

Arsenal will be made to fork out a club-record transfer fee if they wish to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha.

Zaha has remained Arsenal manager Unai Emery's No.1 transfer target since the summer window opened in May.

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Emery has explored cheaper options in Keita Balde, Yannick Carrasco and Ryan Fraser.

The Ivorian recently boosted the Spaniard's hopes of signing him by informing Palace that he wants to leave and that Arsenal is his preferred destination.

But there are a string of stumbling blocks to overcome if the winger will be wearing the red and white, rather than the red and blue next season.

It has been well reported that the Gunners have only about £45m to spend in the current transfer window.

And despite Zaha informing them he wants a new challenge, Palace are ready to protect their Premier League status at all costs and see keeping their talisman as imperative to achieving that.

But they are conscious of every player having its own price and the former Manchester United winger is no different.

As per The Times, they want to receive £70m from any deal which would see Zaha depart the club.

But it is claimed they would have to sell him for around £93m as they must give United 25% of the profit because of a sell-on clause.

That would represent a huge mark-up for Palace considering they paid the Red Devils about £3m for the player in 2015.

The 26-year-old earns £130,000 a week and last summer he extended his contract at Palace until 2023 with no release clause.

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The north Londoners, meanwhile, hope to raise funds by selling senior players and free up space in a wage bill that has spiralled to approximately £220m.

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago

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