Manchester United are just one of a number of clubs who hold a long-term interest in signing Crystal Palace academy graduate Aaron Wan-Bissaka and amidst fears that they may not be “priced out” of a move for Tottenham full-back Kieran Trippier, it’s being reported that the Reds view the Eagles star as a viable back-up option.
Despite a generally disappointing campaign with the north Londoners following an outstanding World Cup last summer, Trippier is still thought to be valued at more than £30 million by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and although Solskjær is known to a fan, there remain real doubts over whether United will match that valuation.
It should be said that the report referenced above alludes to Wan-Bissaka being valued at around £45 million by Palace, which flies in the face of this Independent piece published on the 23rd of May which stated categorically that Palace were demanding £70 million before even considering a sale, given the time left on Aaron’s current deal in SE25.
Does that highlight a huge slice of guesswork being used by The Daily Mail’s sport-desk? Almost certainly. In truth, no one can be exactly sure what it would take for Palace to give Wan-Bissaka the green light to move on but I’d like to think that anyone with even a basic understanding of Premier League economics would know that £45 million is on the low side for a player with as much potential as the Palace star.
Steve Parish has consistently been quoted saying that he’s tired of the assumption that Palace can and will be pushed around in the transfer market, sentiments that are only likely to make him more stubborn than ever in keeping his word when it comes to talk of selling the club’s crown jewels on the cheap.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is the real deal; it’s high time people realised he won’t be let go for anything south of £60 million in this window.