Roy Hodgson: Every football player has a price

by Marwan Harraz

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has admitted every football player has a price as interest continues to rise in his stars Wilfred Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The latter has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United as they attempt to resolve their issues in the right-back position.

Antonio Valencia is widely expected to depart when his contract ends this summer while Matteo Darmian has been planning on a move to Italy for seasons now.

Ashley Young‘s ability has quickly gone from decent to becoming a liability for his side and so United have turned their attention to Hodgson’s full-back.

Wan-Bissaka is said to have been targeted to provide Diogo Dalot with competition for the right-back spot from next season onwards.

According to FourFourTwo, Roy said: “It has been happening on a regular basis this season that Wilf and Aaron have been linked with other clubs.

“The good thing for me is one has a five-year contract (Zaha) and one has a four-year contract (Wan-Bissaka).

“The club is certainly in no way advertising them or promoting them as saleable objects. We would be more than happy to keep them.

“But we just have to remain realistic and see what happens. If offers come in they will obviously be assessed, like everything else.

“As I heard Manuel Pellegrini quite rightly say the other day [when discussing Declan Rice]: every football player does have a price.

“The fact they have long contracts; that doesn’t mean to say their feet are nailed down to Selhurst Park or Beckenham here.

“But we have no interest in selling either player. Our aim, our intention, our hope is that we will start next season with both of those in our team.

“And if not, we will have to hope that the offers for them are sufficiently good that the club feels they will be worth taking.”

Despite Hodgson’s words, it’s not believed that it would take much of a bid to pry Aaron away from his hands.

At the very least he would cost far less than the alternative options on the market as prices continue to rise.

Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich and Juventus’ Joao Cancelo have both been linked with the Red Devils but it’s likely a bid for either would be far too costly.

It’s also safe to say neither defender would wish to leave their current clubs as they’re happy there.

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