Manchester United have finally completed the £45million signing of Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Wan-Bissaka, 21, has penned a five-year contract with the option of 0ne-year extension after United and Palace agreed a transfer fee rising to £50m.
The England U21 fullback completed part of his medical at the club’s Carrington training complex before returning there on Thursday to finalise his move.
Wan-Bissaka told the club website: “It’s an unbelievable feeling and an honour to call myself a Manchester United player and something I know that only a small number of players have the privilege to say.
“I can’t wait to get going and integrated into the squad. I will have a short break now after the European Championships but I’m looking forward to starting training with the manager and my new team-mates on the pre-season tour.”
United were desperate for a right-back to freshen up their right side, where converted fullbacks Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia, both in their 30s, played last season.
United are hopeful Wan-Bissaka will ‘excite supporters’ with his natural width, despite his status as a right-back. Given the demands on the modern full-back, Wan-Bissaka could mature into United’s de facto right winger.
Wan-Bissaka is United’s second summer addition after Daniel James and the club is expected to move onto a central midfielder next. Newcastle youngster Sean Longstaff, 21, is on their shortlist.
Manchester United have finally agreed a fee with CryAstal Palace for Aaron Wan-Bissaka without losing their stake in their former player Wilfried Zaha.
Reports indicate a fee has now been agreed worth £50 million, without interfering with the sell-on clause inserted by United in Zaha.
Eventually, it was agreed that 25 per cent sell-on clause would remain in place as United look set to cash-in if the winger leaves Palace this summer.
The two clubs are believed to have discussed the sell-on clause attached to former United man Zaha as part of the deal.
Zaha returned to Selhurst Park in January 2015 after an unsuccessful spell at Old Trafford.
United inserted a sell-on clause in the transfer and could be set for a £15m windfall if Zaha moves on.
Defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka has reportedly told Crystal Palace that he wants to join Manchester United this summer.
Wan-Bissaka has been left ‘frustrated’ after Palace rejected United’s initial bid.
The 21-year-old and has said he is desperate to secure a ‘dream’ move to Old Trafford.
While the Eagles are unlikely to budge on their £60 million valuation for Wan-Bissaka, Roy Hodgson is already in the market for possible replacements in the event of a deal being agreed with United.
Palace turned down United’s opening offer of around £40million for Wan-Bissaka, but United are said to be lining up a second bid which will be in the region on £50 million.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told United to up their price closer to Palace’s £60m asking price to wrap up the deal.
Solskjaer believes the young right-back has the ability to take over as Antonio Valencia’s replacement for the next decade.
Diogo Dalot, who completed a £19m move from Porto to United last summer, is yet to win Solskjaer’s trust, hence the continued and intense interest in Wan-Bissaka.
Hodgson is said to be monitoring Norwich’s Max Aarons as a possible replacement, but is worried by interests from big teams such as Tottenham, RB Leipzig and United themselves.
It has become a norm in Europe top leagues that whenever Manchester United bid for a player, the parent club always hike the price.
Crystal Palace have done the same after reports emerged that United were interested in right back defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Palace have doubled their valuation of Wan-Bissaka amid rumours emanating from Old Trafford.
United have reportedly offered £25m for the 21-year-old right-back.
That is light years away from Palace’s valuation, with the Independent claiming the Eagles want closer to £70m.
The Red Devils had been hoping that £40m would be the most they would need to secure the England U21 international.
Other interested clubs have been put off by Palace’s demands.
Despite the setback, United are set to continue their pursuit of Wan-Bissaka.