The world of social media is littered with “In The Know” journalists tweeting things out in the hope of them going viral and yesterday a personality from Gazzetta dello Sport made a pretty bold call on the future of Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Nicolò Schira picked up on Manchester United’s recent interest in the 21-year-old, saying that, despite the two clubs still being some way apart on a fee, the man himself had agreed terms at Old Trafford on a contract which would see him tied to the Reds until 2024.
It's confirmed! #ManchesterUnited want to close for Aaron #WanBissaka. He is the first choice of #Solskjear as a RB. Agreement with him for a contact until 2024. Now #RedDevils are talking with #CrystalPalace to finalize the deal. #transfers #MUFC #mutd https://t.co/0oIbRFX03N
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) June 9, 2019
Now, I’m not going to sit here and pretend to know whether or not Nicolò is telling the truth but given the rumours that have been swirling around over the last week or two, it wouldn’t come as a great surprise if Aaron and his representatives had reached an agreement in principle with Ed Woodward and Manchester United. Things in football are incredibly fast moving and you’d imagine that both parties would be keen to move quickly once Palace do give the green light; this doesn’t mean it’s definitely happening or that Aaron is set to force our hand, it’s just the nature of the beast.
There are ethical questions to be asked to whether or not a football club of United’s stature should be talking to a player who isn’t theirs about a potential contract but we all know that it’s been going on for years. There won’t be anything written down just yet but a verbal agreement could easily have been reached in anticipation of further movement from Palace’s end of the deal.
When all is said and done, I don’t expect Wan-Bissaka to hand in a formal transfer request if Palace aren’t prepared to play ball with United. He may well be privately frustrated at a deal not being ironed out but I’d imagine he’ll happily play another season in SE25 before re-examining his options in the summer of 2020. If he has another campaign like the one he just has, we will be able to name our price to some extent, with Champions League regulars sure to be knocking our door down alongside United.
What’s next? Your guess is as good as mine.