Manchester United hope to complete the signing of Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the next 48 hours, according to reports.
It’s about time we closed in on landing the England U21 international, with the Premier League returning in just under six weeks. All of the players will be returning soon for pre-season training and it’s important to have the majority of your signings in by then.
United have just one deal completed at this point – Daniel James from Swansea City – but the club appears to have its fingers in a number of pies.
Wan-Bissaka has already agreed personal terms on a £80,000-a-week contract, as per Andy Mitten via GQ, and the Evening Standard now claim United are hopeful they can seal the deal before the end of the weekend.
Should the deal go through as we expect, Wan-Bissaka is likely to become the most expensive full-back in Premier League history.
The 21-year-old has an incredible season at Selhurst Park and has enough maturity to represent United.
With transfer speculation ongoing, England U21s boss Aidy Boothroyd admitted the defender appears to have had his head turned. He conceded an own goal against France in the European Championships this summer.
“I could dodge it by saying, ‘You have to ask him that’ but I won’t,” Boothroyd said, as per The Metro.
“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 the 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.”