We’ve seen reports circulate regarding potential summer moves for Aaron Wan-Bissaka all season long but over the last few days, the intensity of stories linking the youngster with Manchester United has kicked up a notch or two.
The full-back burst onto the scene on SE25 in the final months of the 2017–18 campaign and hasn’t looked back since, taking each new challenge in his stride and pocketing the league’s brightest and best wingers week after week. In Palace’s last two fixtures alone, the academy product has completed an astounding 13 tackles, cementing his place as one of the most impressive defenders across the division.
We’ve seen the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Everton and Bayern Munich linked with the south Londoner but now it looks as though Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer’s Reds are the “super-club” the press have landed on as Aaron’s most likely destination.
Whilst outsiders may see interest from United as a guarantee that Wan-Bissaka will fly the nest between May and August, a certain teammate of his may just have a word of caution for him before embarking on a new adventure at the Theatre of Dreams. Wilfried Zaha knows better than anyone the difficulties a talented young player can face when leaving the comfort and security of Selhurst Park for the goldfish bowl that is Old Trafford. Whilst Solskjær would no doubt be a more trusting boss than Moyes ever was to Wilf, there are still question marks over how well Aaron would adapt to such a big change so early on in his career.
If Manchester United are serious about taking Wan-Bissaka off Palace’s hands, they’ll be looking at a fee upwards of £40 million and more than likely, closer to £50 million when all is said and done. It may seem like an eye-watering sum to many but given Aaron’s age, performance, potential and England eligibility, it’s only fair that Palace are reimbursed accordingly for losing him.
I feel as though he’d benefit hugely from one more season of uninterrupted first-team football in south London but money talks and if United are that set on him, we’ll be sure to see it in the offer they send our way once the season draws to a close.