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£80m Rated Star Requests AFCON Exit To Finalize Arsenal Transfer

Timothy Aiyeku

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Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has reportedly asked to leave the Ivory Coast camp at the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Egypt for him to sort out his future at club level.

According to local media outlet AbidjanShow, Zaha wants to leave the tournament to finalize his much publicized move to Arsenal though Crystal Palace are still digging their heels with the club reluctant to sell the former Manchester United player.

Zaha and Ivory Coast have already qualified for the first knockout stage of the aforementioned AFCON tournament.

The Ivorian player came through the ranks at Crystal Palace and went on to make his debut for the first team at Selhurst Park.

His form secured a big money move to Manchester United for him in January 2013 only for him to experience an unsuccessful spell at the club.

Zaha was restricted to just four first team appearances at Manchester United before returning to Crystal Palace.

He has another opportunity to seal a move to one of the big boys again with Arsenal keen to sign him.

The Gunners have made an opening offer of £40m for Zaha but it’s a long way from the £80m asking price on the part of Crystal Palace.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.