Exclusive: Everton set sights on club-record bid after approach made
Everton are willing to join the race to sign Wilfried Zaha this summer but won’t match their £70million bid of last year.
Crystal Palace refused to cash in on their prize asset this time last year but have changed their stance amid tumbling revenues in the wake of the pandemic.
An Everton source has told Football Insider the club are to ask to be kept informed of Zaha’s situation as they ready their latest offer that could smash their club record.
The Merseysiders tabled a string of bids for Zaha last summer culminating in a mammoth offer of £70m plus James McCarthy and Cenk Tosun.
That was rejected by Palace, who held firm as they held out for a cash sum of around £80m.
The 26-year-old Ivory Coast international has attracted huge amounts of attention in recent windows, with Arsenal also very keen on a potential deal.
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Zaha has made it publicly and privately clear he wants to quit Selhurst Park for a club where he can achieve his trophy ambitions.
That has been reiterated again since the end of the recent domestic season and ahead of the 12th September restart.
Like Palace, Everton have also been badly hit by the pandemic and reduced revenues, and won’t anywhere near match their offer of last year.
They also need to sell some of their fringe and unwanted players to raise cash before they bring in marquee talent.
Zaha certainly fits that bill and is regarded as one of the most dynamic and exciting attackers in the Premier League.
Everton’s current record signing is Richarlison, who was signed in a £35m deal rising to £50m from Watford two years ago.
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