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Palace want 'proper money' for Zaha

ESPN staff
October 25, 2012
Wilfried Zaha has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal © Getty Images

Crystal Palace have warned the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal that they will not let Wilfried Zaha leave on the cheap this summer.

The 19-year-old has long been earmarked for stardom and has attracted interest from top clubs in the Premier League, but Palace have so far resisted any temptation to cash in on the England Under-21 international.

Speaking in the wake of the departure of manager Dougie Freedman to Bolton, Palace chairman Steve Parish has warned that they will not entertain a bid of anything less than £20 million - a price that he feels reflects the youngster's potential.

"Wilf is obviously young and a little bit special and I think [£20m] is his value and I think he is worth that to the club," Parish told Sky Sports News. "That [pricetag] is as much to set the bar for people so they know we are not in a position where we have to sell and they need to come next summer with proper money that respects the talent the player has got.

"There is a lot of noise and a lot of interest and we've had a couple of bids in the past in various transfer windows that we have turned down. There is a lot of noise but whether that translates into an email in my inbox that says 'we would like to offer you X,Y and Z' remains to be seen.

"Right now I think there is a lot of jockeying for position, trying to find the weak spots, see if there is a clause or some way they can get him on the cheap, but that's how football works."

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