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Crystal Palace eyeing summer swoop for Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Crystal Palace are said to be considering a move for Manchester United full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

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That is according to Eagles reporter for The Athletic, Matt Woosnam, who claims the Selhurst Park side are pondering a swoop for their former £27m-rated player.

Woosnam reports that whilst it is not definitive that Palace will move for the Englishman, the right-back position is one that Manchester United believe they can upgrade in the summer.

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This would most likely open up a loan opportunity for Crystal Palace to re-acquire their former starlet.

Supporters will love it

When Aaron Wan-Bissaka secured his £50m move to Old Trafford back in 2019, it looked as though Manchester United had found their next Gary Neville – a solid right-back that would be at the club on a long-term basis.

Though, his inconsistency has left the Englishman written off – particularly this season under interim manager Ralf Rangnick, with the 24-year-old tipped as one of the high-profile casualties at United this summer.

A return to link up with former club Crystal Palace and partake in their project under Patrick Vieira could be a tempting proposal.

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And it would seem there is room for Wan-Bissaka to become a first-team regular, with Nathan Ferguson having struggled with injury, playing just eight minutes of football for the Eagles since July 2020, which renders ageing pair Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Ward as his only real competition.

Wan-Bissaka’s inconsistency in attack has spread through to some of his defensive numbers.

Whilst his pressures and tackles have faltered this season, his blocks and interceptions have improved. So too have his metrics as a dribbler, with the Englishman registering an average of around two completed dribbles per 90.

His average of three blocked shots offer another comparison that sees him better the numbers of Nathaniel Clyne, who achieves a specified block metric of 0.60 – one of the worst in Europe’s top 5 leagues amongst positionally similar players, as per FBref.

His pressures also falter to Wan-Bissaka, who has been dubbed as an “immovable object” by football writer Grace Robertson.

Even if it’s on a loan basis, fans would surely love a return for their former gem.

In other news: Vieira can repeat his Olise masterclass as CPFC plot bid for £15m “incredible talent” – opinion

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