Man United have been urged to sell left-back Luke Shaw before signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace by Journalist Duncan Castles.
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The Red Devils have already snapped up Welsh winger Daniel James from Swansea and reportedly have agreed on terms with England U21 international Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
However, Journalist Duncan Castles thinks that the club should put Luke Shaw on the market and prioritise signing a left back and a centre back instead.
“I think if you were looking at that rationally – and I know that Ed Woodward hasn’t really looked at it rationally, he’s wanted to retain Luke Shaw because he’s English and he’s one of his own signings and he wants to see him succeed – but if you were looking at that sensibly you’d put Shaw on the market,” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.
“You’d sell him to another English club and you’d upgrade in that position to a player that has his ability to get up and down the pitch when he’s fit and pace, but also is capable of defending.
“Certainly they need to strengthen there and they obviously need to strengthen at centre-back.
“Still no solution [has been] presented to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in that key position, because no matter how good you make the full-backs at Manchester United, if you don’t improve that centre-back position, those full-backs are gonna be under pressure, your holding midfielders are gonna be under pressure, your goalkeeper is gonna be under pressure and defensive problems aren’t gonna be solved.”
Wan-Bissaka who has enjoyed a stellar first campaign in the Premier League under Roy Hodgson has reportedly agreed to a five year deal with the Red Devils but Palace are understood to be standing firm on their £60m evaluation of the player.
However, Castles thinks that such a heavy asking price could put the youngster under tremendous pressure at Old Trafford right from the start.
“If you put Wan-Bissaka into that defence at present, the player’s talent is obvious, his physical capabilities are obvious,” he said.
“But what kind of situation does it put a player like Wan-Bissaka in if he comes into Manchester United as the big-money defensive signing this summer at a young age, with the expectation that he resolves or does a lot to resolve the defensive problems?
“That’s a difficult climate to come into a club and I’m not sure that he’s ready for that at this stage of his career.”