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Palace reject United’s Wan-Bissaka bid due to Champions League clause

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Crystal Palace have rejected the second-bid by Manchester United for Aaron Wan-Bissaka because of the ‘unrealistic’ Champions League clause.

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Well, this is an embarrassing news to cover as a Manchester United fan, but hey, embarrassment has been the name of the game as a Red Devils fan, especially for the last few years, right?

So, what we already know is that the Eagles are demanding a sum of £50 million for the services of Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Manchester United.

Given that we only have Diogo Dalot in that position and we are fairly desperate to sign a replacement for Antonio Valencia, Ed Woodward should be head over heels over the signing of a right-back, right?

After all, the London club have already made their stance about Wan-Bissaka clear since the day one. £50 million and he’s yours! But, what good would Ed Woodward be if he doesn’t play a bit of a low-ball?

According to the Guardian, after failing on the first low-ball bid, Manchester United have made a second bid of a guaranteed £35m for the 21-year-old youngster plus a further £15m add-ons and bonuses depending upon the collective honours.

And what are these collective honours? Well, this is where it gets embarrassing as most of these performance related clause will only be met if Manchester United wins the Champions League!

Yep, so this is a club which finished 6th last season, 32 points behind the eventual Champions, and is in a desperate need of a re-building, which could take 3, 4 or 5 years, given that everything goes well and according to the plan (which rarely happens).

And in these dire circumstances, you decide to put in a clause of £15m add-ons, that would only be met when we win the freaking Champions League?

Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward
Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward

There are a few tough negotiators in Football; Daniel Levy comes to mind. There are a few powerful negotiators in Football; Perez comes to mind. And then we have Ed Freaking Woodward; The lord of trolls!

The only good thing here is that Wan-Bissaka is fairly excited and eager to join us and with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer putting pressure for this deal to go through, we might see the 21-year-old in Red next season. But still, WTF Ed …?

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