Yesterday afternoon, it had looked as though the Aaron Wan-Bissaka transfer saga was finally reaching its conclusion after some rather strident reporting from United-centric journalist Andy Mitten but as the day wore on, conflicting information came to light casting doubt on his statements.
Still no agreement reached between Crystal Palace and Manchester United after further talks over Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Negotiations will continue, I'd imagine, but fee that would be guaranteed to #cpfc hasn't risen to a level they would consider acceptable as yet.
— Dominic Fifield (@domfifield) June 20, 2019
Mitten was seen to say that a fee had been ironed out between Palace and Manchester United for Wan-Bissaka’s departure (an initial fee of £47 million with a further £8 million in performance based add-ons if you’re interested) but later that evening, Dom Fifield, arguably the best connected “Palace” journalist operating in mainstream media went public to say that the Eagles still hadn’t reached a mutually agreeable fee with Ed Woodward.
It feels like each new day brings with it fresh belief that the whole tale will soon be at an end but in truth, Manchester United’s approach to negotiation could well see them end in stalemate rather than getting their own way. Steve Parish has been stoic in stating that Palace will not be pushed around by clubs looking to sign our best players and this latest twist backs that up. Personally, I still expect a transfer to be agreed for Aaron but right now, the timeframe on it becoming official is anybody’s guess.
Whilst £55 million would already be an all-time record fee for an English player, Palace’s desire to ensure that the up-front element is a tad larger should be applauded. With Aaron’s departure likely being used to fund a replacement right-back, new striker and a squad player, every extra hundred thousand will make our task a little easier; something that Steve Parish will be plainly aware of after nine years as chairman.
Will we see official news by the end of play today? I wouldn’t hold your breath. That said, you’d assume that neither club is keen to waste any more time on a deal that’s already taken far too long to sort. Whatever happens, I’ll do my best to cover it as quickly as possible.