Tuesday 22 October 2019

Aaron Wan-Bissaka set for Manchester United medical ahead of €60m deal

Red Devils insist on keeping sell-on percentage for Eagles ace Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka is head to the north west (Martin Rickett/PA)
Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka is head to the north west (Martin Rickett/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United are on the verge of completing a deal for Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Wan-Bissaka is expected at United's Carrington training base on Thursday for a medical examination before completing his move to Old Trafford in an overall deal worth in excess of €60m.

Palace believe they have succeeded in securing the best deal possible after agreeing to sell the England Under-21 full-back, even though they failed to achieve one of their chief goals in what became protracted negotiations.

The Eagles are content with the structure of a deal that includes numerous add-ons, which they believe are all achievable for the 21-year-old.

Wan-Bissaka will become manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's second signing after United completed an €18m deal for winger Daniel James from Swansea earlier this month.

The additional payments that Palace will be entitled to for Wan-Bissaka will kick in after a set number of games are played by the young defender, after United's initial attempts to link the clauses to success for their team were rejected by Palace.

However, the stand-off over Wilfried Zaha's contract clause appears to have been won by United, with Old Trafford chiefs standing firm on their agreement for a cut of any future sale of the winger, who is expected to be the subject of transfer offers this summer.

Zaha is reportedly keen to move on from Palace to realise his ambition of playing Champions League football and while Tottenham have been linked with a move for the 26-year-old, Liverpool goal-scoring great John Aldridge believes his former club should make a move for the player.

"Zaha has given Liverpool some real problems in the last couple of years and Jurgen Klopp’s ability to turn talents of his type into consistent performers has to make him the kind of player who could thrive at Anfield," he stated.

"With Daniel Sturridge leaving the club and his huge wages coming off the weekly bill, it opens up the opportunity for Klopp to sign an out-and-out goalscorer who could offer something different if one of the front three is injured or out of form."

There have been some reports that United might consider a bid to bring Zaha back to Old Trafford, but we understand that prospect was not raised in the discussions over Wan-Bissaka's move to United.

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