He’s been a genuine revelation since making his first-team debut for Crystal Palace towards the end of last season and now, a report in The Mirror suggests that Manchester United and Chelsea are set to “battle” for the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
The 21-year-old has made the right-back’s slot at Selhurst Park his own since stepping in during a mammoth injury crisis last term and is now one of the first names on Roy Hodgson’s team-sheet every single week. His stellar performances in the Eagles’ defence quickly drew the attention of the masses and with talk of a full England call-up being just around the corner, it’s little wonder we’re seeing the Premier League big guns linked with him by the tabloid press.
It’s an easy story for outlets like The Mirror to print, with his age, talent and nationality all making the move seem like a feasible one from the perspective of the clubs mentioned but having only put pen to paper on a four-year contract back in April and with Palace under no pressure whatsoever to sell unless they drop down into the Championship in May, the suggestion that United and Chelsea will merely need to click their fingers to sort out a move is fanciful to say the least.
Steve Parish is known to be a man who drives a hard bargain when it comes to selling the club’s most prized assets. Yannick Bolasie’s £25 million move to Everton in 2016, not to mention the constant interest we’ve had from potential suitors in Wilfried Zaha is proof that Palace won’t be pushed around in the market and in Wan-Bissaka, we have a player who is still to hit his ceiling in terms of potential. Each time he steps on the pitch, his defensive work leaves fans gawping and with such little professional experience, it’s not outlandish to suggest that he still has bundles of room left in which to improve.
I don’t doubt that the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea are keen to land such an eye-catching talent but if they are serious about the prospect, they’ll be forced to pay accordingly. Coupling the madness of the market in 2019 with Aaron’s outrageous potential, I don’t think it’s over the top to suggest that Palace will be looking for £50 million to let him go. Would we get that? Possibly not but given how important he now is to the side, why would we let him go for any less?