Speculation over Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s future has been intense for pretty much the entirety of the 2018/19 season but speaking at the Crystal Palace Player of the Year awards on Tuesday evening, the full-back moved to assure supporters that he has no plans on leaving this summer.
Whilst plenty of clubs have been linked with a move for the south London native, Manchester United are now the ones credited with the most serious interest in the 21-year-old, with rumours of bids north of £50 million said to be ready and waiting to go for him as and when the summer window opens for business.
It’s hardly a surprise to see the great and the good of English football circling for a player of such enormous talent but judging by the words of Aaron himself on Tuesday, a move to Old Trafford is nothing more than pie in the sky as things stand. Yes, footballers are well versed in the art of saying the right things publicly whilst manoeuvring for moves behind closed doors but until now, everything Wan-Bissaka has said and done leads me to conclude that he is being honest when saying that he’s not entertaining the idea of leaving SE25 between May and August.
So impressive have his performances been in red and blue that you could easily forget just how inexperienced he still is within the professional game. Having made his debut for the Palace first-team little more than a year ago, you’d assume Aaron still has a good way to go before hitting his ceiling in terms of potential, with Selhurst Park arguably still the best place for him to hone his talents ahead of a career and life-altering move to one of Europe’s giants.
We could cash in on him this summer if we so wish but if the club and Wan-Bissaka himself are in no rush to push through a summer sale, what’s the harm in taking another 12 months to weigh things up before revisiting the discussion in the summer of 2020? He’ll still be just 22 and if his rate of improvement continues, he’ll be looked upon as one of the best right-backs in world football rather than just the Premier League.
He’s a hugely exciting talent; how he decides to move on from this point should interest millions of partisans and neutrals alike.