The Aaron Wan-Bissaka transfer saga continues to rattle on this morning, with more and more journalists suggesting that Manchester United are poised to return with an offer of £50 million for the Crystal Palace full-back.
Having shown themselves to be huge fans of the 21-year-old from the moment the 2018-19 season came to a close, United seem determined to ensure that Wan-Bissaka doesn’t slip through their fingers, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pleading with Ed Woodward to up the original offer of £40 million in an attempt to force Steve Parish’s hand.
#MUFC determined to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka and likely to return with an increased offer of around £50 million in coming days, which should be accepted by Crystal Palace. Player wants the move to happen.
— Sam Pilger (@sampilger) June 14, 2019
According to Sam Pilger, (a well connected football writer) an improved offer is set to be lodged by the Reds in the coming days which Palace “should accept”. Upon first reading I’ll be the first to admit that it’s a bitter pill to swallow but in reality, a fee of £50 million plus potential add ons in years to come for a defender with just 18 months first-team experience cannot be looked upon as anything other than a fair offer.
There will still be plenty who say that Aaron’s ability is such that his value will have risen another £15-20 million in 12 month’s time and whilst I make them right, there comes a point when Palace cannot realistically stand in the player’s way if his desire is for the switch to become a reality. He’ll no doubt have Wilfried Zaha in mind if he does join United, given his teammate’s ill-fated spell at Old Trafford but if he can’t back himself to go there and succeed, he’d be doing himself a disservice as a professional.
We as supporters are relatively in the dark over what our current summer transfer budget totals up to but it doesn’t take a great deal of brain power to realise that it’s not much as things stand. Were Wan-Bissaka to move on for £50 million, it brings a far greater deal of flexibility to our summer dealings, with two or three positions likely to be strengthened before the new season kicks off in August.
Nothing is cut and dried yet but it’s looking ever more likely with each passing day.