Manchester United have an back-up plan in mind if Crystal Palace refuse to budge over their valuation for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on Wan-Bissaka, but Palace are believed to have rejected an initial £40m bid at the weekend and are thought to be holding out for nearer to £60m for the highly-rated defender.
According to Sky Sports, talks are ongoing and United have indicated they will make an improved second offer for the player, who has also been linked with Tottenham.
Whether United will go to £60m remains to be seen but if they refuse to meet Palace’s asking price they will instead turn to Norwich defender Max Aarons.
Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol reports that United will go after 19-year-old London-born Aarons, who United have been making regular checks.
Aarons and Ben Godfrey have been watched on multiple times by United last season, according to The Sun and Solskajer could decide to make a firm move for Aarons – an England U19 international.
Palace though are also tracking Aarons, just in case they lose Wan-Bissaka this summer.
“Manchester United interested in signing Norwich City defender Max Aarons if their move for Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka is unsuccessful,” Solhekol tweeted. “Palace also want Aarons – if they sell Wan-Bissaka to United.”
Aarons has come through the youth system at Carrow Road after arriving from Luton as a 16-year-old, and although a right-back he is also comfortable on the left and TEAMtalk revealed Man City’s interest in the player in March.