Manchester United are reportedly pushing ahead to try and sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
The Times reports United’s opening offer of £40 million has been rejected, with Crystal Palace holding out for £65 million.
It’s a huge demand for the promising right-back. This will be a test of Ed Woodward and Manchester United now, to see whether they will flex the club’s financial power.
Wan-Bissaka will be a major improvement at right-back for United. But signing him will still leave work to be done.
Defence first, attack second
Wan-Bissaka’s strengths lie with his defensive attributes. He is a played who attackers struggled to dribble past. The Telegraph lauded him as ‘the most effective defender in Europe’.
The only downside to this, is that the attacking side to Wan-Bissaka’s game is not as well rounded.
United would be signing Wan-Bissaka to defend, but a move would serve to highlight the lack of threat on the club’s wings.
A top class right-winger will be needed to accompany Wan-Bissaka’s arrival.
Nicolas Pepe, Jadon Sancho, or even a gamble on Steven Bergwijn are among the club’s options.
This will obviously require big spending too. United would be looking at upwards of £100 million to transform the right hand side of the team.
It’s hard to say it wouldn’t be worth it. Landing Wan-Bissaka has to be the first step.