Monday 15 July 2019

Manchester United close in on signing of Crystal Palace's Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is on the verge of a move to Manchester United (Paul Harding/PA)
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is on the verge of a move to Manchester United (Paul Harding/PA) Newsdesk

Manchester United are set to announce Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka as their first major signing of the summer.

The 21-year-old Londoner is currently on England international duty at the U21 European Championships, but it is believed United and Palace have agreed a fee for the highly-rated full-back.

United's executive vice president Ed Woodward and Palace owner Steve Parish are close to a fee that will be agreeable to both parties.

Parish was said to be under pressure by the Eagles' investors to accept United's initial bid of £40m for the right full-back.

However, Parish was confident he could secure more for their prized asset and a fee of £50m could be the likely outcome.

The deal will come down to personal terms with United understood to be ready to offer Wan-Bissaka £80,000-a-week - a seven-fold increase on his deal at Palace.

United have already signed winger Daniel James in an £18m move from Swansea, while Juan Mata extended his stay at Old Trafford by signing a two-year deal on Wednesday.

The Red Devils, however, will lose the services of Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia, who are free agents this summer.

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