Manchester United agree £50 million fee for Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The Crystal Palace defender, 21, is reportedly en route to Premier League giants United to undergo a medical

Aaron Wan-Bissaka enjoyed a breakout season for Crystal Palace in 2018/19, making 46 appearances in all competitions. Reuters
Aaron Wan-Bissaka enjoyed a breakout season for Crystal Palace in 2018/19, making 46 appearances in all competitions. Reuters

Manchester United have reached an agreement with Crystal Palace over the £50 million (Dh233m) purchase of defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, according to several reports.

United have been trailing the highly-rated right-back for months and several media outlets in Britain reported Wednesday that Palace had agreed terms over the 21 year old's sale.

Wan-Bissaka, who had a breakthrough campaign in the Premier League at Selhurst Park last season but something of a nightmare while on duty with the England Under 21s at the European Championship this summer, was en route to Manchester on Wednesday to complete a medical, BBC Sport reported.

According to Press Association Sport, the agreed deal is understood to be for an initial £45m, plus another £5m in add-ons, with Wan-Bissaka's wages at £80,000 a week.

The fee would make him the most expensive defender in United's history.

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It is a big fee for a player yet to make his senior international debut and only made his first appearance for Palace 16 months ago.

Wan-Bissaka has made 46 club appearances in all competitions for the south London club, where he won the club's Player of the Season and Players' Player of the Season awards.

The 21 year old also collected the PFA Community Champion Award at the end-of-season awards in May, when he committed his immediate future to Palace.

Wan-Bissaka was part of the England squad that exited the U21 European Championship in Italy and San Marino at the group stage in Italy last week.

The right-back endured a difficult time at the championships, where manager Aidy Boothroyd overlooked him for the Young Lions' last two group matches after his late own goal in the opener against France led to a 2-1 loss.

Boothroyd said it would be "daft" to say that United's interest had not been a distraction for the player at the Euros.

With a deal imminent, Wan-Bissaka's arrival signals a clear focus by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bring young talent into his squad after Wales international Daniel James, 21, was signed from Swansea City for £15m earlier this month.

After an initial upturn in results following Solskjaer's arrival, initially in a caretaker capacity, following Jose Mourinho's sacking in December, United stumbled home sixth in the Premier League, failing to win any of their last five games.

Defence was a major concern with United conceding 54 goals, more than any other team that finished in the top half . The 33-year-old England international Ashley Young was mostly used at right-back last season, with Antonio Valencia, also 33, losing his place under Mourinho and failing to persuade Solskjaer he was worthy of a recall.

Updated: June 26, 2019 04:14 PM


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