The latest twist in the Aaron Wan-Bissaka transfer saga has seen Palace remind Ed Woodward and Manchester United that they will not be bullied into accepting an offer they feel falls short of the full-back’s immediate valuation; with one element of the negotiations in particular likely to have left the Red Devils a little red faced.
Whilst the 21-year-old is still being widely tipped to have swapped Selhurst Park for Old Trafford by the time the current transfer window draws to a close, United’s most recent offer to Steve Parish fell well short of what he viewed acceptable, prompting a flat refusal which left talks up in the air with no immediate sign of a resolution.
Woodward is thought to have offered an initial fee of £35 million, which in itself will have been looked upon as something of an insult by Palace, only for the various add-ons attached to the bid to provoke a chuckle rather than giving officials from SE25 pause for thought. One particular section of the bid was apparently reliant on Manchester United winning the Champions League; a scenario Palace reportedly saw as being “wildly unrealistic”. Both the wording of our reaction and the front shown by United forced me to raise a smile upon first reading but in truth, it does make you wonder how likely the two clubs are to eventually find some common ground.
Talks are said to have taken place between the two parties yesterday afternoon with Palace still pushing hard for the removal of the sell-on clause Manchester United have in relation to Wilfried Zaha. Some have already got their knickers in a twist suggesting that it signals the imminent departure of the 26-year-old too but from my point of view, it just looks like good future-proofing giving the unique position we currently find ourselves in.
Will there be concrete news today? I’m not even sure the men and women attempting to hammer out a deal could tell you for sure.