Man Utd turn to young £85m duo after Wan-Bissaka breakthrough

Date published: Thursday 27th June 2019 8:54

Manchester United are reportedly looking to follow up their £50m Aaron Wan-Bissaka deal with a double swoop for two young stars.

On Wednesday, reports emerged claiming that the Red Devils had finally struck an agreement with Crystal Palace over Wan-Bissaka after weeks of negotiations.

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 – a fee 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 on around £80,000 a week, but United aren’t done there.

According to a report from The Telegraph, they will look to follow that deal up with a double swoop for talented young duo Sean Longstaff and James Maddison.

United have been linked with a move for Longstaff before, who enjoyed a breakthrough season under Rafa Benitez and has earned praise for his mature performances in the middle of the park.

He has only made nine Premier League appearances and his season was cut short when he suffered a knee ligament injury during Newcastle’s defeat to West Ham in March, but is rated highly by the Magpies and has been touted by some to have a £25m price tag.

Maddison meanwhile is being strongly linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium after an impressive debut Premier League season in which he scored seven goals and laid on seven assists in 36 appearances.

The England Under-21 international, who was signed from Norwich for a £22m fee last summer, has reportedly been touted for a £60m move to Manchester United and Tottenham this window.

 

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