Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s move to Manchester United is now thought to be just hours away after the full-back was pictured in the Lowry Hotel after flying up to complete his medical with the Reds from Biggin Hill airport yesterday afternoon.
Still just 21 years old, Wan-Bissaka is thought to be commanding a fee of £45 million, rising to £50 million in potential add-ons; it’s a transfer that will be the world’s biggest for a player with fewer than 50 professional appearances to their name (shout-out to Daniel Storey for highlighting that) and whilst a fair few Palace fans clearly feel as though United have got the better end of the deal, it’s still a gigantic sum of money for a defender who is still so lacking in professional experience.
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I’m not the sort to wish a player ill after securing a move such as this, it does of course sting that we’ve lost him after little more than a single season in the Palace side but realistically, with the player’s head having been turned, it all boiled down to whether or not we could negotiate what was seen as a good fee to let him go, which in the fullness of time, I think most people will agree we have done.
There’s no doubt that in one-on-one defensive situations, Aaron is one of the best I’ve ever seen at Palace or elsewhere but with so many elements of his game retaining a degree of rawness, it’ll be interesting to see how he adapts to the goldfish bowl existence that players live with when on the books at Manchester United. I’m absolutely gutted to see him go but ask any regular watcher of our side and they’ll likely agree that players like Andros Townsend and James Tomkins have been a huge help to Wan-Bissaka over the course of matches, aiding him with positioning and general reading of play. Hopefully he receives the same sort of backing from his new teammates up in the north west.
We may well get official confirmation of the move at some stage today, leaving Palace with nothing to do but wave him goodbye and get to work on ensuring that the money we’ve brought in by letting him go helps us improve the squad as a whole.