Manchester United to meet with Crystal Palace with the aim to complete Aaron Wan-Bissaka deal


Manchester United will reportedly meet with Crystal Palace on Monday afternoon in order to run through the finer things in the deal which will see Aaron Wan-Bissaka move to the Old Trafford club in the summer. It is stated that an improved bid was made over the course of the weekend which has improved the possibility of a deal being completed.

It was suggested that talk had started to break down last week as nothing was developing, according to the report. Palace chairman Steve Parish has no real pressure to sell the 21-year-old right-back sought to make £50 million from the sale of the academy graduate, who made his Premier League debut during the 2017/18 season.

It is stated that United’s latest offer falls short of the £50 million fee Parish expected to make but there is something that Palace could stipulate is removed from the contract of Wilfried Zaha, who left Palace in January 2013 but found himself being sold back to his former club in early 2015, the sell-on clause was added to complete the transfer.

Zaha’s sell-on clause could be worth up to £15 million if the player is sold for a fee that Palace will demand this summer and beyond. This could be brought into the negotiations for Wan-Bissaka in a bid to complete the deal and save Palace some money, seeing as they won’t make the £50 million they hoped on the right-back.

However, United might be reluctant to agree on the removal of the sell-on clause if they are not making a saving on Wan-Bissaka’s fee. Of course, it is a gamble as there are no guarantees on United making £15 million if Palace sells Zaha as it depends on them getting a fee they feel the player is worth. It is worth thinking about though as it might get this deal across the line.

United’s most recent bid, which met the £50 million mark included Palace receiving £35 million upfront with £15 million in bonuses. However, part of the bonus would be payable should United win the UEFA Champions League. Whilst this would cover the length of the player’s contract at United, which could be five years, it seems unrealistic as United finished sixth last season and failed to qualify for the Champions League.

It is also suggested that the 21-year-old has already agreed on terms with United, which includes an £80,000 per week contract but this does not mean the deal will be completed with Palace becoming frustrated and apparently telling United to meet their asking price or walk away. There seems to be some hope that the deal could still be completed.

Wan-Bissaka is still on England U21 duty, despite his team being knocked out of the UEFA U21 European Championships after a 4-2 defeat to Romania on Friday evening, a match he had no involvement in. However, England will face Croatia in San Marino this evening before they return home to lick their wounds. If the reported meeting goes well this afternoon, things could develop to secure a deal this week.

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