The Sun Seem To Think Man City Can Sign Palace Players On The Cheap

0 Posted by - February 4, 2019 - News

The transfer window may have only just closed but Manchester City are being linked with an £80 million double-swoop for Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell and Palace sensation Aaron Wan-Bissaka. 

Pep Guardiola is said to have been hugely impressed with the pair over the last 12 months and sees them both as ideal pieces in the Manchester City puzzle, should their current employers be open to negotiation over a possible sale once the season draws to a close. 

With Chilwell occupying the left-hand side and Wan-Bissaka the right, Guardiola would have tied down the long-term first-choice options on both sides of defence in a single window if the deals came off but in reality, it will prove hugely difficult for the title chasers to secure one, let alone both of their apparent transfer targets. 

The move for Chilwell is seen as potentially costing City £50 million given Chilwell’s fine form and new deal at The King Power Stadium, with Wan-Bissaka valued at just £30 million; a figure that I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you, feels extremely small given the academy graduate’s potential. 

Since making his debut last term, there’s no denying the fact that defensively, Wan-Bissaka has been the best performing right-back in the league ahead of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and City’s own Kyle Walker. Given the fee the latter commanded when leaving Tottenham for The Etihad, alongside Wan-Bissaka’s age and clear room for growth, I simply can’t see Palace entertaining offers of anything less than £50 million at this stage. 

Aaron too has only recently signed a new deal in SE25 and when you factor in the help he would give City in fulfilling their homegrown player quota, it stands to reason that Palace would hold out for far more than the few currently being quoted. Is it likely that a journalist from The Sun has plucked a figure out of thin air? I would say so. Either way, if City are serious about signing Aaron, they’ll need to stump up nearly double to avoid being laughed out of the room. 

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  • Rob February 4, 2019 - 8:13 am Reply

    I thought they had the figures round the wrong way. We’ll now have to put up with “Sources” saying that not only Zaha but now Wan Bissaka are on other clubs radars. Nice.

  • tzcar February 4, 2019 - 9:10 am Reply

    im personally fed up with city buying players,i hope pep fails,and gives other teams in the prem a for wan palace need to sell end of the season.i thought our intent was to build a good foot balling side.

  • Ben February 4, 2019 - 9:56 am Reply

    The problem is in the headline “Th sun thinks…..”. The sun are incapable of thinking which is why they come up with these ridiculous fairytale pieces. I’m not a journalist and have never had any journalism training but even I could have sat at a desk and made this one up.

  • Gordon February 4, 2019 - 10:14 am Reply

    The YouTube vid on Batshuayi’s goals led me to another – “Is Batshuayi too good for Palace?” This arrogant question drew mainly arrogant replies. I suppose in the modern world “good” clubs must be rich enough to buy success by luring the top players in with huge salaries and superb facilities and hoovering up all the young talent into their mega-academies where they can be kept under lock and key out of their rivals’s clutches and let out on loan only if they sign contract extensions.
    In my book this isn’t fair competition and as far as I can see the FFP rules don’t redress the imbalance but make it worse.

    I agree 100% with tzcar, I’m sick of the top 6 thinking they’ve the god-given right to other team’s players when they’re not for sale. They should look to their mega-academies to be a greater part of their supply line for their future needs. But no, their academy products don’t get match time and end up being loaned out or sold overseas. It’s not lost on me that it’s also rare for our academy players to get a chance to break into our first team squad. I don’t know what the answer is – unless perhaps there was a requirement for every squad to contain a certain number of “own-grown” players within the required number that are home-grown.

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