Crystal Palace have rejected a £40 million bid for their star right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, according to reports.
Wan-Bissaka enjoyed a breakthrough season for the Eagles in 2018/19, making the right-back spot his own and making 39 appearances in all competitions. He has also been a regular in the England under-21 squad.
United have long been thought to have an interest in Wan-Bissaka. They are in the market for a right-back to replace the ageing Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia.
However, United’s bid falls well short of what the Eagles want for their star, who is contracted to the club until 2022. Sky Sports News says that Palace bosses are holding out for £60 million for him.
Whether United come in with a higher bid – or if Palace will lowers their demands – remains to be seen.
Other potential options for United include Tottenham Hotspur’s Kieran Trippier, who is seemingly out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino. He could be available for transfer, although other clubs would no doubt be interested.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka a top transfer target, but faces having to pay £50 million to get his man.
Wan-Bissaka earned rave reviews for Palace last season, playing in 35 of their 38 Premier League matches. Despite finishing 12th, the Eagles conceded fewer goals than Manchester United.
Right-back is a position Solskjaer knows he needs to strength, with Antonio Valencia having left the club, Matteo Darmian expected to follow out of the exit door and Ashley Young past his best. Also, at 21, Wan-Bissaka is the sort of young player who can improve that Solskjaer wants to sign.
Palace don’t want to sell one of their stars, but will do so if the price is right. Currently they are holding out for £50 million. Whether United – or any other side – will pay that remains to be seen.
United have been linked with the England under-21 international for some time so they may pay to get their man.
Meanwhile United are still in talks with Swansea City over a potential deal for winger Daniel James. However, it is believed a fee has not yet been agreed.
Arsenal are keen to sign Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha this summer, but the two clubs are poles apart over their valuation of him, according to reports.
Zaha turned in many man-of-the-match performances last season as Palace finished comfortably in mid-table, scoring 10 goals and making a further 5 assists.
This has understandably aroused the interest of top clubs in England and Europe. Eagles boss Roy Hodgson accepts that it will be difficult to hold onto their star man, who is believed to have said he wants to leave in pursuit of Champions League football.
Arsenal are the first to show their hand, but only want to pay £40 million for him, whereas Palace want double that, according to The Sun on Sunday.
Gunners boss Unai Emery is seeing to boost his squad this summer but how much of a budget he has is dependent on whether or not the side makes the Champions League. They finished outside the automatic places in the Premier League, but if they beat Chelsea in the Europa League final they will win a place in the tournament.
Arsenal’s qualification for the Champions League could also influence Zaha on whether to sign or not.
Should the Gunners qualify, then they could go back in with a better offer. They could also offer a player in part exchange, such as highly rated youngster Reiss Nelson.
Chelsea are also thought to be interested, but they are currently appealing against a transfer ban so can’t sign anyone at the moment.
Palace bosses won’t let Zaha leave on the cheap, so Arsenal will have to come back with a better offer.
The tea-time kick off in the Premier League sees Cardiff City take on Crystal Palace.
For Cardiff, the equation is simple: a loss, and they are relegated. A draw, and they need Brighton to lose to take their fight to the final day of the season. A win, and if Brighton fail to win, then the relegation battle will go down to the wire. Meanwhile, Palace are in a 4-team battle to finish 11th – remember, each place comes with prize money.
The match kicks off at 5.30pm and it is live on BT Sport 1. Here are the factz you need to know:
Cardiff have lost 8 of their past 10 league matches – but they have won the other two.
Palace have won 4 and lost 4 of their last 10 PL matches.
The Bluebirds are slow starters – they’ve scored just 9 goals in the first half of matches this season.
The Eagles are great away from home – they’ve won 16 points on their travels in 2019 – only Manchester City have won more in the PL.
Only Huddersfield have scored fewer than Cardiff’s 30 goals this season.