The BBC reported on Wednesday that Crystal Palace and Manchester United had agreed a deal that would see Aaron Wan-Bissaka move to Old Trafford.
According to the report, the Eagles will receive an initial £45m fee – which could rise to £50m with add-ons – for the 21-year-old, who made 42 appearances in all competitions for the south London outfit.
A previous report in The Times suggested that Palace would need to sell either the right-back or Wilfried Zaha to bring in their summer targets, so here are two players they have been linked with in recent times that they should now look to bring to Selhurst Park using the Wan-Bissaka money.
The Mirror’s live transfer blog (June 26, 1:58pm) reported that the Norwich City right-back is on Palace’s radar as they search for a successor for the England U21 international, and the promising 19-year-old looks to be the ideal candidate.
He played a key role in the Canaries’ rise to the Premier League last season with two goals and six assists in 41 Championship appearances from full-back, and he has all of the traits a modern-day attacking defender requires.
The Sun reported earlier this month that he has a £15m price tag upon his head – in which case he could easily be purchased using the Wan-Bissaka money.
However, Norwich will surely put up more of a fight to keep hold of the talented teenager given they will be playing in the same division as Palace next term.
Amazingly, Palace could also pick up a potential future Wilfried Zaha replacement using the money they have received for Wan-Bissaka.
The BBC reported on Wednesday that the Ivory Coast international is keen to leave with Arsenal a preferred destination, but that while the Eagles value him at up to £80m, they are reluctant to let him go this summer now.
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Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reported on Thursday that Roy Hodgson’s men will have to pay £25m if they want to sign Allan Saint-Maximin from Nice.
The report says that the 22-year-old has a number of Premier League admirers, which isn’t surprising considering he scored six goals and provided three assists in 34 Ligue 1 outings last term, as well as attempting 252 dribbles in those appearances – as per WhoScored.
Quick and tricky, Palace would surely be laughing if they could pick up the Frenchman and Aarons for a combined £40m.