Manchester transfer derby on set for £40 million Crystal Palace star

The race is on to land the signature of Crystal Palace’s highly-rated young full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Rivals Manchester City and Manchester United are among the suitors for 21-year-old after an impressive season at Selhurst Park, according to the Mail.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been a standout performer for Crystal Palace

Bosses at City were particularly impressed by Wan-Bissaka’s performance when Palace delivered a shock defeat to the title challengers at the Etihad Stadium in December.

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But they will face competition from Manchester United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set to lose veteran right-back Antonio Valencia at the end of the season.

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It is expected that Wan-Bissaka would cost around £40 million, and Palace manager Roy Hodgson has publicly admitted that both he and Wilfried Zaha could leave at the end of the season.

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“We would be more than happy to keep them, but we just have to remain realistic and see what happens. “If offers come in they will obviously be assessed, like everything else. “As I heard Manuel Pellegrini quite rightly say the other day [when discussing Declan Rice’s future]: every footballer player does have a price.”

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The full-backs of Manchester United’s past have all been astute defensively and important in the dressing room, and Wan-Bissaka is someone who certainly fits that description. The youngster leads by example from the right-back position, and has made more tackles and interceptions combined (104) than anyone else in Europe’s top 5 leagues – a massive achievement, especially with a bottom-half club like Crystal Palace.

Wan-Bissaka has been a regular in the Palace defence this season (with 30 EPL starts), after breaking through into the first-team in the last campaign. The England under-21 international is, however, yet to earn his first call up to the senior side with Gareth Southgate’s squad.

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England have a plethora of right-back options at present, with Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kyle Walker all ahead of him in the pecking order.

Source; FourFourTwo