Manchester United Have NOT Agreed AWB Fee But It’s Very, Very Close

0 Posted by - June 20, 2019 - News

Yesterday evening, Duncan Castles reported that a fee had finally been agreed between Manchester United and Crystal Palace for the sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka but shortly after, the claim was refuted by sources close to the Eagles’ boardroom.

The last two to three weeks have seen mountains of speculation over the Palace academy graduate’s immediate future but with Steve Parish standing firm over his £60 million valuation and Ed Woodward supposedly offering far less than that as an up-front fee, everyone has been forced into transfer limbo, unsure of who will blink first.

Whilst the latest information suggests that a deal is yet to be fully agreed between the two clubs, there is an overriding sense that a mutually acceptable figure will eventually be struck, bringing to an end a Palace playing career which still isn’t 50 games old. Wan-Bissaka signed a long-term deal at Selhurst Park in 2018 and at the time, I’m sure both he and the club were expecting him to see it out but the rise to prominence he’s enjoyed, coupled with the money now being put on the table by United make it a decision that makes business sense, even though it stings from a sentimental perspective.

There is no specific time-frame for a sale being finalised but it’s clear that without the cash injection that Wan-Bissaka’s departure would offer, Palace will really struggle to strengthen the squad over the summer. It would be foolish to assume we’ll get an equally talented replacement, players of that ilk simply don’t exist but if we are to receive £50-60 million for Aaron, Hodgson could look to plug the gap left at right-back whilst also bolstering two or three other positions soon after.

It looks like a matter of “when” not “if” at this stage.

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  • Mike Ward June 20, 2019 - 8:34 am Reply

    I think we all agree on this one.
    It does sting on the sentimental front but also because it is always sad to see our best players go when as fans we all want to see he rest of the squad rise to that level rather than the other way round.
    But as a club, we simply can’t ignore that kind of money for someone who came from our academy.
    We’ve got decent cover in our defence – admittedly not the same level, but decent cover.
    When Wardy stepped in he generally did a great job as usual.
    We could easily use the money to bring in 2 or 3 good quality replacements with this money so it’s not to be sniffed at.
    I think I was just hoping we’d have another season with AWB because he is so good to watch.
    Not a bad problem to have I guess for an academy player who only got a chance because of our dire injury situation at the time,

  • !!!!!! June 20, 2019 - 9:19 am Reply

    deal should be put on hold until palace have at least a verbal agreement for a replacement,
    ward isn’t the answer

  • Matt_t June 20, 2019 - 11:03 am Reply

    Does this move make it more likely Zaha stays it no affect at all

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