After weeks of speculation, it’s now being reported that Manchester United have made a “substantial” offer to Crystal Palace for full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Whilst exact figures are yet to be revealed, the general suggestion is that United’s proposal comes in at around £30 million, rising closer to £40 million with add-ons over time and although I can’t pretend to have an insight into discussions taking place amongst Palace board members, I’d cautiously suggest that we’ll turn Ed Woodward down and hold out for something better in the coming days and weeks.
Manchester United want to sign Aaron Wan Bissaka from Crystal Palace and told they’ve made a substantial bid for the England Under 21 right back. Palace don’t want to sell. He has 3 years left on his contract. United need a right back this summer.
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) June 8, 2019
Many will have thought that Eagles chairman Steve Parish was grandstanding for the sake of it when he said that we as a club aren’t prepared to be pushed around in the transfer market a couple of weeks back but I see no reason to disbelieve his comments. Aaron is undoubtedly a sensational talent and with more than three years left to run on his current contract at Selhurst Park, Palace as a whole, are under little to no pressure to sell.
Of course, were Manchester United or anyone else for that matter to come in with a bid that was simply too good to turn down, we would have no qualms in saying “yes” but for the time being, it looks as though no one will be willing to match our valuation of the young right-back. Is Parish’s request a little steep given Aaron’s experience? Quite possibly but it’s a market in which, until the player himself hands in a formal transfer request, the seller holds the majority of the power.
Unlike so many young stars, I have no doubt that Wan-Bissaka has the core qualities to consistently perform to the same levels, if not higher next season than he did across the 2018-19 campaign. This is not some sort of flash in the pan, who’ll struggle to adapt now that everyone is aware of his talents; he’s just an extremely good, highly athletic and wonderfully balanced young full-back who will grow and improve as the years go by.
With that in mind, there’s no reason to suggest that Palace won’t be able to ask for even more next summer, should he stay in SE25 for another year. I dare say Aaron himself would be keen to test himself at a club of United’s stature but similarly, if things don’t work out in the next couple of months, we’ve heard nothing to suggest that he’ll throw his toys out of the pram and do anything less than his best in red and blue for another season.
If the rumours over the figures are true, I can see United being forced to return with a bigger offer if they are to land Wan-Bissaka this summer. There’s no point ruling out a move, that would be foolish but Steve Parish won’t want to be seen to back down after making such bullish statements in the not too distant past.
We’ll watch this one with interest.