Unai Emery is set to go all out to sign Wilfried Zaha as he will ask Arsenal to break the bank for his signature, according to reports.
Arsenal are desperate to bring in a winger this summer and had been looking to sign the Crystal Palace star but missing out on Champions League football has set them back in their pursuit.
Emery saw Arsenal’s transfer budget limited to just £45million following their crushing defeat by London rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final, which has meant a third season in a row without Champions League.
Unai Emery wants Arsenal’s board to break the bank to sign Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha
But according to The Sun, the Spaniard will look to force Arsenal’s board to release the funds needed to sign the £55m-rated Palace winger.
Palace will play hardball with any potential suitors for the 26-year-old Ivory Coast international, who is a boyhood Arsenal supporter.
Zaha has seen his transfer valuation rocket after becoming one of the most feared forwards in the Premier League – scoring 10 goals and creating as many assists during last season’s top-flight campaign.
Emery is desperate to bring in a speedy and tricky winger to supply the service for his strikers
Emery would also have to persuade Zaha to play Europa League football next season after revealing he wanted to play in Europe’s elite competition in the future.
Emery and Arsenal have also shown heavy interest in Celtic’s Kieran Tierney recently but had a £15m bid rejected for the Scottish left-back.
Celtic want at least £25m for the 22-year-old, whose deal at the club doesn’t expire until 2023.