According to The Mirror, Chelsea and Manchester United have entered the battle for Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s signature – Crystal Palace should use the former’s interest to bring back an old Selhurst Park favourite, Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Well, The Mirror reports that the Blues are keen to find another right-back with Davide Zappacosta being given the boot after just 18 months in west London and that they see Wan-Bissaka as the ideal replacement for the disappointing Italian.
It is thought that the 20-year-old would provide far better competition for Cesar Azpilicueta on the right of Maurizio Sarri’s back four and he would surely be able to step up in the Spaniard’s stead once he reaches the dreaded age of 30 – Chelsea tend to offer one-year contracts only beyond that point and Azpilicueta, 29, may choose to up sticks.
With Loftus-Cheek still not getting much game-time despite a string of impressive performances, Crystal Palace should consider selling their young prospect if they could get the 22-year-old Blues man included in a player-plus-cash deal.
With Wan-Bissaka attracting interest from the big spending big six, there is surely no real limit to how much they can demand for the tenacious tackler and that would make it far easier to re-sign loan success Loftus-Cheek.
The powerful midfielder was a hit in red and blue last season, with his marauding runs getting fans – who were surely gutted they couldn’t get him on loan for a second consecutive campaign – on their feet time after time again.
Given the minutes by Roy Hodgson that he was denied at Stamford Bridge, the 6-foot-3 Londoner even worked his way into Gareth Southgate’s England considerations but, with the likes of Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley to compete with in west London this season, he has since gone back to square one.
While Wan-Bissaka remaining at Palace might be a non-negotiable in the opinion of many, the Eagles need some impetus up front if they are to avoid the drop and Loftus-Cheek struck a lethal partnership with Wilfried Zaha last season – he would be a welcome addition to the Palace ranks and a deal must be considered by the Selhurst high-ups if they can get him plus some cash on the side in exchange for Wan-Bissaka.