The Aaron Wan-Bissaka transfer saga continues to rumble on this morning, with reports that Manchester United are set to follow up their rejected £40 million offer with one totalling £50 million.
From the outset of the summer window, Palace chairman Steve Parish has stuck to his guns and demanded that any club looking to take the academy graduate off our hands will need to stump up £60 million but should the Reds new offer come in at something close to that with add-ons, I for one can see the club giving it the green light.
Of course, any deal which sees Wan-Bissaka leave SE25 will mean Palace have their work cut out to replace him but with a player of such outrageous ability, it would be futile to attempt a like for like purchase. In reality; a deal totalling something close to £60 million for an academy graduate with 18 months experience can be looked upon as a good one for the club, with both ourselves and Manchester United coming out as winners in the long run.
I have no hesitation in saying that Wan-Bissaka is up there with the most talented defenders I’ve ever seen pull on a red and blue shirt but for that sort of money, we could and no doubt will look to strengthen two or three positions ahead of the new season; whilst also attempting to plug the gap created by his departure.
Whilst a transfer is far from done and dusted just yet, United’s determination to get it done so early in the transfer window leads me to feel as though Aaron will more than likely begin the new campaign at Old Trafford rather than Selhurst Park. Whether or not he’ll ultimately prove to be a success in the North West remains unknown but there’s no doubt that he’s defensively good enough to hold down a place in their side. Question marks have been and will continue to be asked about his attacking output, particularly at a club who spend far longer on the front foot than Palace but you’d imagine with the right coaching, he’ll go from strength to strength for years to come.
We may well see Palace rebuff an offer of £50 million, it depends largely on how stubborn Steve Parish is feeling in relation to his initial demand but it’s clear that one way and another, we’re edging closer to a mutually agreeable fee being negotiated.