Crystal Palace have rejected a second bid from Manchester United worth £50m for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, according to reports.
The offer, believed to have been an initial £35m and a further £15m in add-ons, was knocked back by Palace on Monday, as they reportedly value the right-back at closer to £60m.
Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United? Five things to know…
- Palace rejected an initial bid of £40m from United at the start of the window.
- The new bid worth £50m is still a way off Palace’s reported £60m valuation of the player.
- Wan-Bissaka has three years left on his current deal and is yet to request a move.
- United have made him their top defensive priority in this window.
- Wan-Bissaka made more tackles (129) than any other Premier League during 2018/19.
Given the incredible rise of Wan-Bissaka, it was almost inevitable that he was going to attract intense interest this summer from top teams. Having been thrust in to make his debut against Spurs due to an injury crisis during the 2017/18 season, Wan-Bissaka kept his place after impressively dealing with the likes of Son Heung-Min, Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford and Eden Hazard in his early games.
The 2018/19 season has seen the 21-year-old go from strength to strength. He was named Palace’s Player and Young Player of the Year ahead of stars such as Luka Milivojevic and Wilfried Zaha. Alan Shearer claimed Wan-Bissaka deserved to win PFA Young Player of the Year award following his controversial omission from the shortlist.
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Statistically, Wan-Bissaka has been a phenomenon since making his breakthrough. He was the only Premier League player to make 60 tackles, 60 interceptions and complete 60 take-ons during the 2018/19 season. Palace are standing strong, but it’s hard to envisage that Wan-Bissaka will be an Eagle for much longer.
The 21-year-old may have scored an unfortunate own goal as England’s U21 side lost their European Championship opener 2-1 to France on Tuesday but that has done little to dampen his reputation, as Wan-Bissaka, typically, still managed a match-high six tackles during the game.
Lessons to be learned
It is no secret that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bolster United’s defence this summer. With Ashley Young ageing and Diogo Dalot seemingly deemed unready, the Norweigan has turned his attention to the young English defender as the answer to their full-back problems.
Wan-Bissaka will be wary, no doubt, of his team-mate Wilfried Zaha’s experience at Old Trafford. The Ivorian moved to Manchester as a youngster and described his time at the club as “hell”. Zaha has since thrived back at Selhurst Park and has even hinted that he would remain at Selhurst Park next season despite stating he was seeking Champions League football.