Manchester United have reportedly seen their opening offer for Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan Bissaka rejected.
Sky Sports reported the news this morning that Manchester United had made a ‘substantial bid’ for the Crystal Palace full-back, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in need of a new right-back after deciding against renewing Antonio Valencia’s contract after 10 years at the club.
Having started 35 of the Eagles 38 Premier League games this season, the South London side are quite understandably keen to keep hold of their highly-rated defender, who is contracted to the club until 2022.
Now, further reports which have been mirrored by a number of leading newspapers including The Telegraph have claimed that United’s bid for Wan Bisska, which was made earlier this month was worth ‘over £40 million’, but has been rejected by Crystal Palace.
However, The Telegraph say that a bid of £60m ‘may force Palace to consider’ selling him, while Sky Sports say ‘Palace want at least £60m’ which suggests that the media have been firmly briefed of their asking price, a deal which would make him the second most expensive defender of all time behind Virgil van Dijk.
Following up on what we reported on Sky last night. Crystal Palace have rejected £40m bid from Manchester United for Aaron Wan Bissaka. Palace want at least £60m. Other right back options for United are PSG’s Thomas Meunier and Kieran Trippier
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) June 9, 2019
The 21-year-old made the second highest number of tackles (90) and interceptions (84) in the entire English top flight this season, and is currently on International duty with the England U21 side.
While Wan Bissaka has previously admitted to being happy at Selhurst Park, a move to Old Trafford would likely see his wages significantly boosted while also maintaining his status as a first-team regular.
Aaron Wan Bissaka is a player that we simply must sign if we’re serious about coming back. He’s incredible. [ManieHD] pic.twitter.com/J02BDNRvws
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) June 5, 2019