July 1st was the official launch of Arsenal’s new kit partnership with Adidas and with this news it seems that the transfer cogs at the Emirates are slowly grinding into gear. There does seem to be a feeling around the club that the purse strings are about to be opened.
The news broke on Monday that Arsenal have offered £40million to try and entice Wilfried Zaha (£2.37) with a move to the Emirates. Considering Palace only just recently slapped an £80million price tag on their star man, it’s no surprise that the club have already rejected this initial approach. When you couple this with the fact that Palace have only just received a sum in the region of £50million for Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£1.98), the Eagles will certainly be in no rush to sell Zaha. The Ivorian forward was subject to an increase in value by over 20p and he also enjoyed a third place finish for the media buzz on Monday.
Considering Arsenal’s apparent £45million transfer budget, you’d think that the Zaha deal would be dead in the water, but the Gunners hold a couple of potential aces up their sleeve. It seems that there are some possible underhand tactics at play, as Zaha’s brother has pleaded with Palace to allow Wilfried to get his dream move to the club that he supports. It is certainly a suspicious coincidence that these quotes were released on the same day that Arsenal made their move and there are now rumblings that this transfer could turn ugly.
There are also rumblings that Arsenal are ready to offer some of their deadwood in a bid to secure the deal. The likes of Callum Chambers (36p) and Carl Jenkinson (27p) have been suggested as players who could be offered as part of the deal. Player plus cash deals are incredibly rare and it would no doubt be surprising if Palace were to take the bait, but if Zaha does begin to kick up a stick, this could well be a transfer saga in the making.
With all this being said, perhaps the most likely option for Arsenal is a good old fashioned bargain and with Yacine Brahimi’s (£0.62) contract now expired, they could do worse than take a punt on the Algerian winger. Brahimi has impressed during his stint with Porto, but at the age of 29, now is likely to be his last chance to bag a move to one of Europe’s top tier leagues. Brahimi is up 14p over the past week and this price increase represents a whopping 30% increase of his value. These kind of returns will have no doubt secured some traders a pretty penny over the course of the week and Brahimi highlights that there are always plenty of opportunities to profit in the lower end of the market.