Sky Sports are reporting that Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace have set the wanted figure for bright young right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka at a minimum of £50m.
The defender who’s represented England at every level from under-20 to the under-21 side he currently plays for, broke into the first team at Selhurst Park just over a year ago and has really caught the eye in 46 appearances.
By rejecting a high fee for Wan-Bissaka and demanding an obscene amount of money for the starlet, Palace need to be very careful as they’re playing a risky game.
Yes, the Englishman looks like a very promising talent and is on the cusp of the England senior squad barely into his 20s, but he hasn’t played 50 senior games yet.
No one that inexperienced and not properly yet proven at the highest level should be worth that figure – it works out at over a million for every Eagles match he’s played.
It’s understandable that Hodgson and those above him will want as much as possible if they’re going to let one of their prized assets leave, but that number is ridiculous even in the crazy world of modern football.
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Let’s not forget that the player himself has had his head turned by a fairytale move to the “Theatre of Dreams” to join the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revolution.
Whilst there are zero signs that the full-back, in contract until 2022, is going to throw a strop to get his transfer and it seems like he would be content staying, it isn’t beyond the realms of possibility – that would be the last thing the south London outfit need ahead of next season.