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Arsenal hold Lucas Vazquez talks with Real Madrid amid ongoing Wilfried Zaha discussions

Arsenal hold Lucas Vazquez talks with Real Madrid amid ongoing Wilfried Zaha discussions

Arsenal hold Lucas Vazquez talks with Real Madrid amid ongoing Wilfried Zaha discussions (Pic: GETTY)

The Gunners had a £40m bid for Zaha rejected out of hand by Crystal Palace, who value him at over £70m and are refusing to negotiate.

And they know it will be tough to land the Ivory Coast star despite the 26-year-old and his representatives pushing hard for a move to the Emirates.

Palace are furious with the way Arsenal have handled the affair and insist Zaha is off the market following the sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United.

As a result, Arsenal have begun to cast the net wider in their search for a dynamic wide player to add to Unai Emery’s attack.

And they have opened talks with Real over Spain international Vazquez, who is surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu.

Real are desperate to sell players to balance the books after a mammoth summer spend and Arsenal hope to take full advantage.

They are weighing up an opening bid of around £28m for the 28-year-old, who has nine caps for his country and played at both Euro 2016 and in the last World Cup.

Paris St-Germain, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich have all asked about Vazquez but his preference is believed to be to move to the Premier League.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson is desperate not sell Zaha this summer amid interest from Arsenal

Palace boss Roy Hodgson is desperate not sell Zaha this summer amid interest from Arsenal (Pic: GETTY)

Lucas Vazquez has never left Real Madrid permanently having been at the club since 2007

Vazquez has never left Real Madrid permanently having been at the club since 2007 (Pic: GETTY)

Zaha currently remains Arsenal boss Unai Emery’s first-choice to fill a hole on the Arsenal flank, with the club still in discussions over whether to launch an improved cash-plus players offer.

But Emery has long admired Vazquez from his time in Spain and the Gunners believe a deal for the Real misfit would be much easier to pull off.

Emery has wanted to add to a winger to his squad for months, with Denis Suarez flopping on loan and returning to Barcelona.

But Arsenal abandoned a move for Dalian Yifang’s Belgium international Yannick Carrasco when talks became deadlocked.

The Gunners are also in the market for a defender and there is growing confidence they will win the race to sign St Etienne’s William Saliba.

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/790041/Arsenal-news-Lucas-Vazquez-Real-Madrid-Wilfried-Zaha

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