As far as clubs go, Manchester United arguably have the most on the line this transfer window. The pressure is on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to form a winning roster after he was unable to lead the Red Devils to a top-four finish last season.
More importantly, the side has spent a lot of the past windows merely splashing the cash at marquee signings who couldn’t realize the hype and trust that was placed upon them.
As of such, it is vital that the players they bring in this summer are able to aid the goals that a club of their stature is expected to achieve.
With regard to that, United now have a clear picture about one of their prime targets.
According to Sky Sports, Crystal Palace are not going to accept any transfer fee below £50 million for right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The 21-year-old has been actively pursued by the Old Trafford outfit this summer as he would fill a big void in their squad.
United were understood to have placed a £40 million bid for the English defender earlier. However, Palace rejected that attempt and have now named their price.
The source adds that Wan-Bissaka is eager on moving to the Red Devils and that alone may spur Ed Woodward and company to meet the Eagles’ asking price.
United deployed Ashley Young on the right flank for much of last season and were heavily punished for doing so as the veteran, despite his prolificacy, failed to meet the basic skills that are expected of a world-class full-back.
United are expected to follow the models set up by Liverpool and Manchester City wherein a title-winning squad spends big on establishing a rock-solid backline. Investing in a youngster with the ability and potential of Wan-Bissaka may be the apt move for the Mancunian giants.