PHOTO: Aaron Wan-Bissaka In A Manchester United Shirt

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Manchester United are poised to make their second signing of the summer. A deal has been struck for Aaron Wan-Bissaka to be acquired for Crystal Palace for a mammoth £50 million transfer fee, with a medical expected to occur soon.

The Red Devils required a player of the 21-year-old’s caliber for much of last season with their full-back options looking uncertain with the likes of Ashley Young, Matteo Darmian, and Diogo Dalot to choose from.

This is a saga that United were linked with for quite a while now and negotiations were believed to be strong in the build-up to the transfer. Many reports had suggested that United wanted the player for a lower fee but Palace stood stubborn on their end.

However, there may have been a Manchester United link that had gone unnoticed until recently.

The Sun recently revealed a childhood photo of Aaron Wan-Bissaka sporting the familiar colors of Manchester United. The photograph in question has a young Wan-Bissaka on his mother’s lap and also features his brother wearing a United jersey.

Wan-Bissaka has been a childhood fan of the Red Devils which makes this transfer certainly appear like a genuine ‘dream move’ which is bound to gain mention in his inaugural interview with the club.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has strongly been advocating for young British talent to be acquired by the Old Trafford outfit and the move for the upcoming right-back certainly indicates a step in that vital direction.

With Daniel James becoming their first signing, followed by Wan-Bissaka now, fans of the struggling giants will be highly expectant as to which talent will walk through their doors next.

Harry Maguire has been strongly linked with them as well but the presence of Manchester City in the pursuit may complicate matters. Judging by this incident, it may be a good precedent to hunt for affinity for the Red Devils in the player’s past.