Manchester United had an opening bid worth in excess of £40mn for Aaron Wan-Bissaka rejected by Crystal Palace this month and are weighing up whether or not to make an improved offer for the England Under-21 international.
Wan-Bissaka enjoyed an eye-catching first full season in senior football in 2018-19 after graduating through the south London club’s academy, excelling at right-back and making 39 appearances in all competitions.
The 21-year-old, originally a winger, is currently preparing for the summer’s European Under-21 Championships in Italy and San Marino, with United having earmarked him as part of a radical revamp of their backline.
The sizeable opening offer was apparently tabled by United at the beginning of the month and rejected immediately by Palace. Wan-Bissaka is contracted at Selhurst Park through to 2022 with neither player nor club in any great rush to move on. It remains to be seen whether an offer closer to £60mn might yet be considered more seriously.
“I am with Crystal Palace at the moment,” said the full-back earlier this month. “That is where my contract is and that is where I will be next season. I have got three [years] left on my contract. It says I am going to be there, so that is all I can focus on now.”
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United are seeking to bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s options after a hugely disappointing end to the season in which they tailed off after a promising start under the Norwegian’s management and eventually missed out on qualification to the Champions League.