I know there is alot of money in football these days, but if £11 million is now cheap for a 19-year old winger from the Championship then things have really got out of hand. Arsenal are reported to be keen on Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, possibly as a replacement for Theo Walcott if he leaves, and that is the price that has been quoted.
The Palace manager, Dougie Freedman, has told the press that any team that did pay that price for the England under-21 international would have done a very good deal.
“I know he is worth more than £11 million. You are getting him cheap if you get him for that.
“It’s a matter of time until he plays in the Premier league.
“As we speak right now he’s on a long contract and he’s very happy.”
The young player is undoubtedly talented and has drawn interest from Liverpool and Manchester United besides the Gunners. He has scored four goals in ten league games this season from the wing. He has also been used to some success as a central striker, a la Wenger.
What I wonder is, if Theo Walcott wants £25,000 per week more than we have offered, wouldn’t it be better to spend a fraction of the £11 million and give him what he wants?