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Everton plotting cash plus player deal for former Manchester United winger and Arsenal target

Marco Silva Arsenal Everton Crystal Palace Wilfried Zaha

According to several reports that have emerged on Friday, Everton are set to offer £60 million and a player in exchange for Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha, who has been a long-term target of Arsenal.

Reports say that the player that is most likely to be included in the deal is Cenk Tosun, who has struggled at Everton after a pretty decent start to his time at Merseyside. After arriving from Besiktas in January 2018, the Turkish striker went on to score five goals in 14 Premier League games in the remainder of the 2017/18 season. However, he would only go on to score four more goals in the 29 appearances he made in all competitions during the 2018/19 season, as Everton continue to struggle to find an established number nine.

During Marco Silva's time at the club, the Turk has often been overlooked for the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin as well as Richarlison, who although is not a natural striker, finished the season as the club's top scorer with 13 goals in the Premier League, a stat he shares with Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Wilfried Zaha Arsenal Everton Crystal Palace

On the other hand, Zaha has been a target for Arsenal for a long time, with them looking to solve the problem they have on the wings, often having to deploy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil or Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who are all better suited attacking centrally rather than on the wings.

Zaha was the main supplier of goals for Palace during the 2018/19 season, scoring 10 goals and providing 10 assists in the Premier League, with most of them coming whilst playing on the wings rather than up front.

Zaha would definitely help Everton out in terms of attacking options, with this allowing them to either shift Richarlison up front, or else to deploy Zaha as the sole striker with Gylfi Sigurdsson as a supporting midfielder.

This would be a good signing, and one that Arsenal would rue not completing for a long time.


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