Numerous reports have been published over the weekend to suggest that Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has “given the green light” for the Reds to tempt Palace into the sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka with an offer of £35 million.
The full-back has been an incredible asset to the Eagles since making his first-team debut thanks to an injury crisis just over a year ago and now finds himself being linked to a variety of Europe’s top clubs on a daily basis. Whether or not that actually means a concrete offer will come in for him over the summer remains to be seen but as things stand, it looks highly likely that Steve Parish will be receiving a phone call or two over the summer months.
Given Aaron’s outrageous abilities and massive potential, I struggle to see how £35 million represents value for money on Palace’s part. Whilst he wasn’t selected as part of the recent England squad, there were thousands who felt he fully deserved a place over Tottenham man Kieran Trippier and with Kyle Walker having joined Manchester City for a fee of £45 million back in the summer of 2017, the Eagles would surely be looking for Solskjaer and co. to match the fee their City neighbours stumped up for the Spurs man.
Some may suggest we’re over-pricing Wan-Bissaka but it’s no exaggeration to say that the young full-back has barely put a foot wrong since being thrown into the side out of nowhere against Spurs in February of last season. I’ve said it before on many occasions but it’s impossible to know at this stage where his ceiling is as a defender, with every week seeing him pull off another eyebrow raising display.
I don’t doubt that Manchester United are keen to land him this summer but they may have to reassess their strategy if they’re serious about seeing him step out regularly at Old Trafford next term.
Watch this space.