Tuesday 22 October 2019

Manchester United prepared to ditch Wan-Bissaka interest amid valuation stand-off

Aaron Wan-Bissaka in action against Manchester United. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Aaron Wan-Bissaka in action against Manchester United. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United are ready to walk away from a deal for Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka unless the south London club show some eagerness to negotiate on their inflated valuation of the 21-year-old full-back.

Independent.ie have been informed by sources close to the deal that Palace's initial valuation of the 21-year-old right-back will not be met by United, with suggestions that the Selhurst Park club are demanding £60m for the player who emerged through their ranks encouraging the belief that Old Trafford chiefs will consider alternative options unless that figure is revised.

Reports that United have lodged a cash offer of £40m offer for Wan-Bissaka have been disputed by our source, who suggest the deal on offer features structured payments relating to targets that Palace have claimed are unlikely to be achieved.

It means there is a stand-off between the two parties over a transfer that United believed they would have been able to conclude by now, with the player and his advisers keen to push through a move to United before players return to the club's training base next month.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be keen to add fresh faces to his squad before the club's pre-season trip to Australia next month, with the move for Wan-Bissaka confirming the change of approach as younger players are targeted ahead of expensive established star names.

Wan-Bissaka played 35 Premier League games for Palace last season and his manager Roy Hodgson has insisted he has no intention of selling him this summer.

"I have no reason to fear that Aaron won't be continuing here," Hodgson said. "He has a contract and he seems happy enough with us.

"It is a fact of life that when you have got players who do well, they are always going to be coveted by other clubs.

"We're not naive. We understand football works that way, but he has signed a long-term contract and we signed him to be a long-term player with us.

"He knows he is very well appreciated and liked here, not just by the staff at Crystal Palace, but the supporters as well."

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