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Manchester United: Walker-Peters signing could see Wan-Bissaka leave

Manchester United have recently been linked with signing Southampton full-back Kyle Walker-Peters and his arrival could be the catalyst Erik ten Hag needs to finally axe Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

According to The Athletic, both Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in signing the 25-year-old, whose impressive performances for the Saints last season saw him earn his first senior England caps.

They also suggest that Tottenham Hotspur have a buy-back option for £30m, should they want to bring him back to North London after selling him in the summer of 2020.

Ten Hag currently has Wan-Bissaka and Diego Dalot as first-team right-back options at Old Trafford but neither have done much to suggest that they are top-four quality in recent signings.

The former Crystal Palace man has disappointed since his £50m switch from Selhurst Park and while he remains fairly strong defensively, he offers next to nothing going forward, as emphasised by his zero goals and assists in the Premier League last season.

Who is the better right-back?

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AWB

KWP

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Earlier in the summer, reports suggested that the 24-year-old wasn’t in Ten Hag’s plans, and given his preference for free-flowing attacking football at Ajax, where right-back Noussair Mazraoui contributed five goals and two assists in the league last season, it is easy to see why.

If United were to spend £30m on Walker-Peters, then surely one of Wan-Bissaka or Dalot would leave the club, with the former seeming like the most likely candidate.

In Walker-Peters, United would be getting a much more attacking right-back, evidenced by the Southampton man outscoring Wan-Bissaka in shots, dribbles and key passes per game last season, despite playing in a weaker side.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was full of praise for the versatile defender after his England debut last season, saying:

“It’s amazing what he has done and shows that it’s not a disadvantage if you are flexible in your position. I tell my players to be open-minded and do their best in whatever position they can. When he was playing for England, he showed some of the skills that we want.”

 

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Therefore, alongside Frenkie de Jong, who United are in contact with signing, he could be a quality addition at United and if his signing allows Wan-Bissaka to finally be sold, then the Glazers would arguably be killing two birds with one stone.

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