Former Arsenal star’s verdict on incoming transfer and discusses ‘ridiculous’ Zaha bid | Football | Sport
Arsenal were disrespectful to Crystal Palace for their £40m bid for Zaha, according to Gunners Invincible Jeremie Aliadiere.
Arsenal bid for Zaha at the beginning of July, after the player revealed he wanted to leave Selhurst Park.
The offer was subsequently rejected, as Palace valued the Ivory Coast star at around £80m.
The decision to offer just half of the asking price was blasted by Aliadiere, who claimed it was a “ridiculous” bid.
“There has been talk that Arsenal want Wilfried Zaha, who Crystal Palace supposedly value at £80m,” Aliadiere told 888Sport.
“We were reported to have offered them half the money – £40m.
“If that’s true, it seems a bit ridiculous and could be seen as disrespectful to Crystal Palace.”
Arsenal are now reportedly lining up another bid for the Palace striker, which is substantially improved form their initial £40m offer.
Meanwhile, Emery is also close to sealing the transfer of centre-back William Saliba from Saint-Etienne.
The deal, which will cost around £27m, has been welcomed by Aliadiere, as he knows the Gunners are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements.
But, he questioned Arsenal’s plan to immediately send the 18-year-old back to the Ligue 1 side, as the club need new defenders straight away.
“Defensively is where Arsenal need to strengthen the most and they’re pretty close to signing the French Under 20 international [William] Saliba,” said Aliadiere.
“But I have heard they’re going to sign him then loan him back to France for a season, so I’m a bit surprised by that; spending thirty million on a defender and giving him back straight away.
“I don’t understand that type of business. I’m not sure if right now we can afford to buy a player for the future.
“We need players to come in and improve the team right now because that’s where we struggled last year.”