A matter of days ago, here at Vital Manchester United, our confidence levels were growing with regards to the Old Trafford hierarchy finalising a second signing of the summer transfer window.
With a hint of sarcasm, our headline read shock-united-set-to-announce-second-signing-of-the-summer.
Well, it appears our hopes did have solid foundations with it being announced by the BBC that a deal has been concluded, with Crystal Palace, for their exciting young full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
After the usual haggling over the size of the fee and how it would be paid, our source is implying that a fee of £50 million was agreed upon with the majority being paid up front.
The 21-year-old, with barely a season under his belt at Selhurst Park, suddenly finds himself thrust into the spotlight as a Manchester United player, after putting pen-to-paper on a 5-year deal which will see him, initially; earn a cool £80,000 a week.
As you’d expect, Aaron enthused about joining the club with our quoted source carrying the following remark attributed to the player;
“It’s an unbelievable feeling and an honour.”
With the gaffer, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, quick to add:
“He has the right work ethic, talent and mentality to play for Manchester United and he fits exactly the type of player that we are looking to bring into the squad to help us improve and push on further.”
But, with Aaron becoming the second youngster to join the club, following hot-on-the-heels of Daniel James, are United in danger of failing to close the gap on the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City who are, by far, although it hurts to say this, the best two sides in the Premier League.
Although I admire the clubs current transfer strategy, I cannot help but think that we’re in dire need of bringing in a couple of world-class players that can deliver the goods instantly.
Wan-Bissaka and James are, undoubtedly, hugely talented prospects but even though their youthfulness suggests they’ll have bags of enthusiasm and talent, that can often be nullified by the weight of expectation that playing for this club brings, a typical example illustrating the point being Wilfried Zaha.
Let’s hope that amongst the expected plethora of summer signings the club does bring in a couple of world-class players who can make that instant impact we crave, otherwise it could be a long season.
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