Manchester United have finally reached an agreement with Crystal Palace over the transfer of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, according to reports.
United have been determined to sign a right-back this summer, and Wan-Bissaka has been at the top of their list of targets. The club’s attempts at securing his signature are no secret, with a number of respected journalists constantly reporting updates about the move. With the saga having dragged on for nearly a month now, an agreement between the two clubs finally appears to have been reached.
Wan-Bissaka is said to have done his part by agreeing to personal terms on a long term contract worth around £80,000 a week. The deal is set to smash the British transfer record for a defender, with Palace holding out for at least £60 million for their star. United have made two bids worth significantly less and have seen both of them turned down.
The Reds also tried offer the Eagles around £30 million + performance based add-ons. However, the move was turned down as Palace are holding out for at least £50 million up front. United finally seem to have given up on trying to bargain anymore, and are ready to meet the Selhurst Park club’s demands. According to The Evening Standard, Ed Woodward and co. will hope to wrap up the move within the next 48 hours or so.
Wan-Bissaka is currently away with England’s U21s and put in an out of character performance against France that saw him score an own goal. England boss Aidy Boothroyd did not attempt to dodge questions about the young defender and admits it is only normal for his head to be focused on the transfer.
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‘I could dodge it by saying “You have to ask him that” but I won’t. I think when you are nearly going to move and all the things that would go through an older person’s head, who is more experienced in life, it would be difficult for them to cope with.
‘For a young player who all he knows is Crystal Palace academy, Crystal Palace first team. It would be daft not to say that in some way he must think about it. I would not be truthful if I told you anything other than that.
‘What I will say is because he doesn’t say too much so you don’t get to find out too much. Aaron keeps things to himself. He is a very private guy.
‘When that speculation is flying around it is bound to turn your head. But having said all of that had he not scored the own goal we probably would be having this conversation.’