Aaron Wan-Bissaka is having what is commonly described (in modern football parlance) as a “breakout season” for Crystal Palace, prompting mountainous speculation over his immediate future and just like clockwork, it appears everyone’s least favourite truth benders at The Sun are fuelling the flames.
The full-back signed a long-term contract with the club soon after making his professional debut, leaving Palace holding most of the cards in relation to any move away but in The Sun’s eyes, a mere £40 million will be enough to seal the south Londoners departure. It’s almost as if they’re making it up as they go along.
The piece itself (which I won’t link to as I don’t want the site to gain extra traffic thanks to me) suggests that Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund will “attempt to steal Wan-Bissaka from under Chelsea and Manchester City’s noses” as if a move to either one of those clubs is imminent for the Eagles academy graduate. It’s the sort of headline designed purely to hook readers in and to their credit, it is an extremely successful tactic, albeit a morally bankrupt one.
You can bet that Jadon Sancho’s recent success over in Germany, alongside Dortmund’s apparent interest in Aaron’s teammate Wilfried Zaha has led The Sun’s editorial team into making the connection when in reality, neither the club or player are actively looking to part ways at what is still an incredibly early stage of his development as both a player and a person.
If and it’s a huge if, Palace were to sell Wan-Bissaka this summer, you can bet that it would be for far more than the £40 million being quoted in the aforementioned article; it’s a figure which has clearly been plucked from thin air with little to no thought given to his ability, potential and current value to our chances of maintaining a place in the Premier League.