Arsenal have been told to “pay the money” and stop “messing around” in their pursuit of Wilfried Zaha, with former Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce believing that a deal can be done.The Gunners are continuing to make the Ivory Coast international winger a top target for the summer transfer window.All efforts from Emirates Stadium to get an agreement in place have so far been rebuffed, with Palace reluctant to part with another prized asset following the sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Allardyce, though, believes Arsenal can get their man if they accept that a fee of around £80 million ($100m) is now the going rate for a player of Zaha’s pedigree and ability.The ex-Eagles boss told talkSPORT of a long-running saga: “Pay the money. Time’s running out and the window is going to shut.“If Manchester United are having to pay £90m for a centre-half, which is what they’ve been quoted for [Harry] Maguire, then this £70/80m price tag being put on Zaha is well worth it in light of the market we’re operating in today.“Wilfried is proven at this level and he’d be a massive success at Arsenal. He’s ready, but Arsenal need to stop messing around like they are the minute.”Allardyce worked with Zaha during his brief stint at Selhurst Park in 2017 and feels the 26-year-old, who previously flopped when making a high-profile switch to Manchester United, is ready to take another step up the ladder.He added: “Wilfried is in his prime – there’s not too many players like him about.“Steve [Parish] won’t like me saying this, because I’ve got a lot of respect for the man and for what he’s done for Crystal Palace, but if Wilf doesn’t leave very shortly then he never will.“He’s ready now to move on now, so Arsenal just need to get the deal done.”Zaha has netted 35 goals across 180 appearances, while 21 assists have been registered across the last two seasons in Premier League competition.Arsenal’s other targets include Celtic’s young full-back Kieran Tierney and Real Madrid starlet Dani Ceballos, expected to join on loan to strengthen the Gunners’ midfield options.
The discussion focused on the families displaced from Valikamam North and plans to expand the Palaly airport. This message was conveyed to Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran and the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran at a meeting held in Jaffna. Valikamam North land owners have threatened to invade High Security Zones (HSZ) in the area if the land is not released before the April Sinhala and Tamil New Year.People who own land in the HSZ have said that they are prepared to take bullets from the military in the attempt to get back what is rightfully theirs. The owners of properly held by the military in Valikamam North said that they will go by sea and land and attempt to reclaim their land.They said that they will not be happy with an airport or port in the HSZ but only with the return of their land. (Colombo Gazette)