Man United have agreed to a £55m deal with Crystal Palace for right back Aaron Wan Bissaka according to football consultant Ian McGarry.
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The England U21 international just completed his first full season in the Premier League producing some eye-catching performances in 39 appearances for the Eagles.
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His heroics have earned him a strong interest from Manchester United who are ready to pay £55m for his services making him the most expensive full-back in the world.
Earlier it was reported that the Red Devils were willing to way £40m upfront and the rest as add-ons but McGarry insists that United will shell £55m upfront and there will be no additional clauses.
“We have information that the bid for Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been accepted by Crystal Palace,” he told The Transfer Window podcast.
“It will be £55m, there will be no add-ons and Wan-Bissaka himself is keen to make the move to Old Trafford.”
McGarry’s fellow journalist Duncan Castles believes United are taking a huge risk by paying £55m upfront as he is still not convinced by Wan Bissaka’s attacking play.
He said: “I was briefed that basically Crystal Palace had called Ed Woodward’s hand on it and said ‘we’re not going to settle for less than £55m for this player’, which is a world-record fee for a specialist full-back, exceeding the money that Manchester City paid first for Kyle Walker and then Benjamin Mendy a couple of years ago.
“There is Lucas Hernandez who’s gone from Atletico to Bayern, who plays full-back for France, but he’s a centre-back for his club and I expect Bayern to use him as a centre-back. He cost 80m euros, so that’s more expensive.
“But if you’re looking at a full-back, the most expensive deal ever for a player who’s 21, has one full season in the Premier League, only made his debut in February 2018.
“So they’re paying absolute top dollar for the player and there’s a gamble involved in the sense that he has to improve on how he is as a player, he certainly has plenty of development required in him.
“I think are doubts about how he is as an attacking full-back. Looking at the numbers today, I think there’s the opportunity for him to be a better-attacking full-back. I think part of it is playing for Crystal Palace’s limited ability to operate in that way.
“His crossing accuracy’s pretty good. He doesn’t have that many assists. If you put him head-to-head against Alexander-Arnold, they don’t look great. But let’s see what happens when you put him in a more attacking team.
“Although you can have a question mark about how good an attacking team he’s going to be in at Manchester United.”