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Manchester United sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace

By Steve Jennings

Published: 12:35, 29 June 2019

Manchester United have completed the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace.

The Red Devils have paid a reported fee of £50m for the defender, who has a signed a five-year deal with an option to extend for a further year.

Wan-Bissaka joins Man Utd: Five key things to know…

  • Wan-Bissaka broke into the Crystal Palace team in 2017/18, making seven Premier League appearances.
  • The 21-year-old right-back became a regular last term, playing 39 times across all competitions.
  • He was subsequently named Palace’s Player of the Year, sparking interest from United.
  • The Red Devils have paid £50m for Wan-Bissaka, which falls just short of Kyle Walker’s record-breaking £53m fee for a British defender.
  • Only nine players managed to dribble past the England hopeful in the Premier League last term.

Wan-Bissaka becomes United’s second summer signing following the arrival of Welsh winger Daniel James from Swansea City.

A graduate of Palace’s esteemed youth set-up Wan-Bissaka broke into the Eagles’ first team in February 2018 and would go on to make no fewer than 46 appearances in all competitions.

Yet to be capped at senior international level, he did represent England at this summer’s U21 Euros, and is excited about the challenges that await him at Old Trafford.

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“It’s an unbelievable feeling and an honour to call myself a Manchester United player and something I know that only a small number of players have the privilege to say,” he told the club’s official website.

“I can’t wait to get going and integrated into the squad. I will have a short break now after the European Championships but I’m looking forward to starting training with the manager and my new team-mates on the pre-season tour.”

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to be overseeing a major summer overhaul, with Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaka potentially set to move on.

James and Wan-Bissaka, who became the first player in Europe’s top-five leagues in 2018/19 to make 100+ tackles, are both 21 years old.

United endured a disappointing campaign last time out, finishing sixth in the Premier League, but Solskjaer is upbeat and feels Wan-Bissaka’s signature is proof they are heading in the right direction.

“Aaron is one of the best upcoming defenders in the Premier League. He has the right work ethic, talent and mentality to play for Manchester United and he fits exactly the type of player that we are looking to bring into the squad to help us improve and push on further,” he said.

“Aaron is a young, hungry player and eager to learn and that’s important at his age. I am delighted he has signed with us and we look forward to continuing his tremendous development so far.”