It comes from The Sun, so there’s a good chance that the story has been plucked out of thin air but Everton are supposedly keen on Palace academy graduate Aaron Wan-Bissaka and are currently drawing up a potential part-exchange offer ahead of the January window.
The 20-year-old’s rise to prominence has been truly meteoric, bursting onto the scene in the latter stages of last season and proving himself against most of the Premier League’s slickest operators inside his first 15 games as a professional. It’s the sort of run which was always bound to get him noticed and now, despite putting pen to paper on a new long-term deal only recently, newspaper rumour mills are beginning to churn.
It’s difficult to place a realistic value on Wan-Bissaka, given his obvious scope for further improvement. Whilst everyone at Palace is already aware of his genuine quality, we are yet to discover his upper ceiling, making any true estimation over what we should be asking for in the transfer market a minefield. Whilst defenders will naturally always cost less than attacking stars, there is potential for Palace to shoot themselves in the foot by accepting a fee which quickly goes on to look like a bargain for the buying club.
The above story suggests that Marco Silva’s Everton are making their intentions known well in advance of the January window opening for business, with a potential swap deal involving Ademola Lookman or Cenk Tosun plus cash hopefully enticing Palace into a sale but really, talks like that would be dictated by the size of the fee which goes alongside the part exchange rather than the players being made available.
Lookman was someone who featured heavily on Palace’s radar when he was still on Charlton’s books, with the Addicks believed to have accepted Everton’s offer and not Palace’s despite the two clubs offering practically identical deals. Tosun too is known to the Eagles, who tried to sign him before once again being beaten to his signature by the Merseysiders. I certainly wouldn’t say no to having either of the named men joining the fold but with Wan-Bissaka’s true potential still being worked out, we’d need to be extremely cautious in any talks regarding his permanent departure.