Deal Close: Arsenal are close in beating Chelsea to signing of £80m-rated attacker – Forget Rodriguez


Arsenal and Chelsea are vying for the signature of highly-rated attacker Wilfried Zaha, according to Liverpool’s hero Steve Nicol.

The Crystal Palace star man is set to be departing from the London club this summer after the 26-year-old winger confirmed this to the club.

It was also confirmed that the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham are also showing a great interest in luring him this summer, but Nicol has reckon that Arsenal and Chelsea looks to be the clubs in the driver seat to his deal.

Given that Chelsea would be unable to sign any player this summer due to transfer ban, Arsenal now looks more favorite to win the race, but there are no update from the club yet on what has happened so far.

Nicol said in an interview with ESPN FC that:

‘I think the time is right for him to take a step up,’

‘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.

‘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.’

The statement about Eden Hazard is certain not the issue if the ban is upheld. Whether he leave the club or not, the Blues would be unable to secure any signing for the next two windows.

Nicol thinks his style of football will be a perfect fit for Arsenal, especially given the threat he put on the opponent from 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.’

Crystal Palace have requested for a whopping £80m if Arsenal ever want to sign him this summer, but it all looks this is not an offer the Gunners would be looking to grabbing as his asking price would be more than the budget following a little amount of money they have for spending this summer.