Manchester United bid £50 million for Aaron Wan-Bissaka – Crystal Palace reject the offer…


Manchester United has reportedly made a £50 million bid for Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The £50 million figure is thought to be the region Palace would accept a bid from any suitor for the 21-year-old this summer, however, it seems United are still penny-pinching. The bid is suggested by Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol as £35 million with £15 million in add-ons.

Now, if you look back at the way United has done business in the past, it would suggest that there is an edge of cluelessness in there the majority of the time. If a player is attainable for £50 million, you pay that figure to ensure you get the player the manager of the club wants, in this case, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, perhaps is not doing things with much knowledge of all the intrinsic details in football, seemingly trying to pay a much lower price, with is what you would expect when a club treats their bottom line over the success of the football team, which, funnily enough, is the reason you have a bottom line, a business in fact.

If United intend to purchase Wan-Bissaka from Palace this summer, they will need to pay the transfer fee they will have been told to pay. If £50 million is enough to do that, just pay it. It is much better for the club to start to secure targets ahead of the pre-season campaign, in which the player may not have much a part to play in due to him currently representing England in the UEFA U21 European Championships.

After sacking Jose Mourinho in December 2018, Woodward stated, through the media, that a Director of Football is something the club would be bringing in and after Solskjaer was brought in as the caretaker manager, then given the job on a three-year contract, the hierarchy of the club seemed to agree on another rebuild, as the £700 million plus spent over the last six years has been largely wasted.

If United are going to turn their demise around, Woodward is a figure that will either need to start doing what is and has been expected of him, pulling out the signing that United need, no matter how much they cost, or moving aside for a football man to come in and assume the role. It would seem that retaining full control of the club destined for failure is the decision of the ‘specialist in failure’.

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