Manchester United bid just £5m for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace in quandary over whether to sell winger
Ian Herbert is Chief Sportswriter at The Independent.
A C Grayling
A. C. Grayling is an English philosopher and founder of independent undergraduate college, New College of the Humanities. He is the author of several books including The Refutation of Scepticism (1985), The Meaning of Things (2001) and The Good Book (2011).
Friday 18 January 2013
Crystal Palace’s quandary about whether to sell Wilfried Zaha and jeopardize their promotion prospects has intensified because the only bid, from Manchester United, is £5m plus £5m add-ons, a figure well short of the £12m asking price.
Though Arsene Wenger said yesterday that Arsenal “are looking at him,” he confirmed that his club have not yet made a bid for the player.
The absence of any one else in the field for the 20-year-old has so far limited the price Palace are able to command. That is a worry for a club who must balance the potential income from a sale with supporters’ expectations of an ambitious promotion push.
“I don’t know if Manchester United are in for him,” Wenger said. ”Anyway, if you call any club for any player, they will tell you Man Utd, Milan, Real Madrid are as well in for him but it is always difficult to know if it is true or not.”
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