Danny Mills has torn into Arsenal for their “embarrassing” and “ridiculous” bid for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England defender insisted the London giants are going the wrong way about trying to make Zaha feel special and entice him to Emirates Stadium this summer.
It emerged last week that Arsenal had submitted a £40million offer for a player who it is widely reported Palace value at between £80-100million.
BREAKING: Arsenal have today bid £40million for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, Sky Sports News understands
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 1, 2019
Mills believes the £50million sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United last month is proof of why Palace had every right to be frustrated by Arsenal’s bid for Zaha.
“It’s laughable. £40million, it’s embarrassing, ridiculous, I don’t understand it,” Mills told Football Insider. “Crystal Palace’s £100million valuation is hardly realistic, but you have to get somewhere close.
“With an opening bid, they could have gone in a bit cheeky with, say, £60million. To go in with £40million doesn’t say to the player, ‘we really want you’. It says, ‘we like you but not enough to pay what you’re worth’.
“It’s poor, especially after Aaron Wan-Bissaka has just been sold for over £50million. Even if Wan-Bissaka’s true value is £30-35million, £40million for Zaha is embarrassing. You’re not going to get him for that.”
Zaha has four years remaining on his contract at Palace, which has given the south Londoners confidence of securing a mammoth fee if he was to be sold.
The 26-year-old, who has almost singlehandedly kept the club in the top flight in recent seasons, has spoken publicly of his desire to quit for a leading club competing in the Champions League.
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