According to a report in The Daily Mail, Crystal Palace have placed a £60 million price-tag on the head of Aaron Wan-Bissaka following apparent interest in him from Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer’s Manchester United.
The full-back has made himself a household name across the Premier League in the last 18 months, having burst onto the scene in the midst of a Palace injury crisis and never looked back. Now being tipped as a future England regular, the Eagles have moved to warn off any clubs thinking they can pick up a summer bargain, by asking for £60 million to even consider letting him go.
The thought process behind the scenes in SE25 is that even United will laugh off the valuation for someone still cutting his teeth within the game, allowing us to keep hold of Aaron for at least one more season and work on securing a top half finish. Realistically, the only way for Palace to keep hold of our top talent is to be playing in Europe but as Steve Parish said earlier this weekend, in order to reach such heights, we can’t contemplate letting go of Wan-Bissaka and Zaha for fees that don’t represent their true value to us as a club.
With Aaron still having three years left to run on his current deal at Selhurst Park, Palace are under no immediate pressure to consider a sale but should he have another season like the one he’s just put in during the 2019/20 campaign, it’ll feel as though Parish can name his price when potential suitors come calling.
Just as with the £100 million valuation placed on Zaha’s head, this development is the sign of a club who are doing all they can to keep their top talent without having to enter into serious discussions over their sale across the summer window. There may come a time when Palace are left with no option but to consider losing both but for now, it seems we as a football club are intent on keeping them and having a proper go at European qualification on our own terms.