Manchester United will have their work cut-out if they want to sign Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Or at the very least, they’ll have to keep trying to sign him during the upcoming transfer window. The Red Devils submitted a second offer for the 21-year-old defender, but The Eagles have rejected it once again.
According to a report from Sky Sports, the Old Trafford side submitted a £50 million offer for the England international although it wasn’t one where the club would pay the entire fee upfront. Instead, United wanted to pay “only” £35m of the deal right away, while paying the reminder £15m on add-ons that might have been completed during the duration of the contract. But Palace have been clear on the stance. The only way they’d accept parting ways with Wan-Bissaka is if they get a £50m transfer fee.
It makes sense for The Eagles, though. Wan-Bissaka is only 21 years old and is bound to get better with time. So if they can hold on to him for one more season, then so be it. They’ll eventually sell him and if he keeps progressing, then they could ask for an even bigger transfer fee. But who’s to say he will repeat what he did during the 2018-19 season? After all, the defender came out of nowhere before having a breakout year in 2018. He wasn’t a household name for football fans across England roughly 12 months ago.
However, Manchester United are in desperation mode when it comes to upgrading their defence – and especially the right side. Antonio Valencia left the side. Diogo Dalot is not ready to become a starter. And Ashley Young will be 34 next season. This means The Red Devils NEED to sign a right-back this summer. And that’s why they’ve been linked with Kieran Trippier as well as Wan-Bissaka. But the Palace star is the best option of the two, even if he’s more expensive. He has bigger upside, greater defensive abilities, and could eventually become an attacking force as well.
The way things stand right now, Manchester United have two possibilities. They can either look around and try to sign another option, or they can fold and accept Palace’s demands. Considering Wan-Bissaka’s age, potential and United’s positional needs, they’d be wise to accept Palace’s demands and sign Wan-Bissaka as soon as they can. Otherwise, they will regret it and will watch how he ends up with another Top 6 side sooner than later.