Breakthrough for Man Utd as huge deal for Wan-Bissaka is finally agreed

Manchester United have reached an agreement to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace after weeks of negotiating with Crystal Palace finally paid dividends.

After a series of bids for the England Under-21 right-back, United are ready to close the deal after finally agreeing a price with Palace – which has been set at £50million – just shy of the world-record fee of £52million for a full-back that Man City paid Monaco for Ben Mendy in 2017.

The 21-year-old is now expected to travel north imminently for medical and will sign a long-term contract at Old Trafford. BBC Sport correspondent David Ornstein claims the defender will pocket around £80,000 a week – a significant pay-rise from the £10,000 a week deal he was on at Selhurst Park.

It’s also claimed Manchester United have retained the 25% sell on clause that exists in Wilfried Zaha’s deal.

Wan-Bissaka had emerged as United’s primary target for their right-back position, with Antonio Valencia released, Ashley Young’s form deteriorating and Diogo Dalot not considered experienced enough yet to take on the job full time.

United saw an initial £35m approach for the player knocked back by Palace earlier this month, with Palace apparently responding by placing a £60m fee on his head and amid claims the player is keen on a switch to Old Trafford.

United responded by submitting a second offer – believed to be £40m plus a further £10m in performance-related add-ons – but again the Eagles rebuffed their bid.

However, hours of talks have finally proved successful for United, with Wan-Bissaka now poised to become the club’s second signing of the summer after Daniel James arrived in an initial £15m deal from Swansea.

Much of the delay around Wan-Bissaka was thought to have centred around Zaha. The Guardian claimed Palace had asked United for the 25% sell-on clause in the winger’s deal to be removed as part of their demands over the sale of the full-back.

According to the paper, the Eagles value Zaha at around £80m, and with United retaining a 25% sell-on clause as part of the deal that took the winger back to Selhurst Park in 2015, that could be worth up to £20m should any side match their valuation.

However, that clause remains intact, with United managing to navigating their way around that by paying closer to the Eagles’ valuation for Wan-Bissaka.

It promises to kickstart a busy few days for United with the club also thought to be closing on a deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes. Talks with his agent have been booked in after a report claimed he was due to fly into the UK for further negotiations.

Wednesday’s papers also suggested Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to move Romelu Lukaku on and replace him with Sevilla hot-shot Wissem Ben Yedder, who has a £36million exit clause in his contract.

 

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