According to Alan Nixon of The Sun, Crystal Palace are interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay, whilst the Guardian states that talks are still ongoing between both clubs for right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
MAN U. Offering Scott McTominay a new deal. PALACE interested in him.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) June 16, 2019
Well, the Eagles are standing firm over their valuation of the England Under-21 star, with talks ongoing over a deal after the player himself expressed a desire to move to Old Trafford.
Palace are making life tough for United in negotiations and are believed to be open to a sale if the fee is guaranteed to be in excess of £50m.
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However, Nixon’s report suggesting that Palace want Scottish international McTominay could hand the Red Devils a vital negotiating tool in talks with the south Londoners.
McTominay, a United academy graduate, had a few good games last season but definitely should not be considered as good enough to start in Solskjaer’s midfield on a regular basis.
He isn’t of the required quality for United and they should definitely include him as part of the deal for Wan-Bissaka, which may be of interest to Palace due to their interest in landing the 22-year-old midfielder.
United have already shown a willingness to include their players as part of potential transfer deals in their pursuit of West Ham centre-back Issa Diop, who United have been linked with a £45m move for and an unnamed player included as well.
More than £50m is a lot to pay for a right-back who has just one full season on senior football under his belt, and it would be a purchase that would leave United with less funds to overhaul what is a faltering squad – wherever money can be saved, it should be, as a world-class centre back is still required.
McTominay, who is valued at £12m on Transfermarkt, should be thrown in as a bargaining chip without any second thoughts from United – Wan-Bissaka has three years left on his contract and Palace are in a very strong position in negotiations.
By doing this, United would have a vital asset in what is turning out to be a tough negotiation with Palace.