Manchester United were thought to have long secured the transfer of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and moved on to their other deals.
Social media has been riddled with images of the 21-year-old sporting the United jersey and signing a contract with some sources even showing him getting a tour around the club.
However, the suspicious absence of an official word from Manchester United has put this matter into a strange light.
It appears that the delay in the announcement is due to a late clause that almost canceled the transfer.
As per the Sun, Crystal Palace demanded the inclusion of a 10 percent sell-on clause in the contract of Wan-Bissaka. This late demand nearly collapsed the whole deal as Manchester United initially refused to make any additions to the deal.
However, after all the hype on social media and the leaked content, it appears that the club has agreed to this clause, merely to avoid the fallout and embarrassment of canceling the transfer at this point.
This entire affair has been a back and forth of negotiations between the clubs. Earliest reports on the matter indicated that Crystal Palace weren’t happy with the initial performance-based add-ons offered by the Red Devils.
Further, when an amount was being agreed to, Palace allegedly wanted £65 million for the right-back. Even when the price came down to £45 million plus £5 million in add-ons, which is the figure that has been doing the rounds, Palace wanted another facet.
The London club allegedly wished that United would take back the 25 percent sell-on clause that is still there in Wilfried Zaha’s contract. However, the Mancunian side refused to do so.
Following late negotiations now it seems the announcement is on the verge of happening.