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Manchester United on the verge of signing defensive star!

According to a journalist, the deal has been agreed between the two clubs.

Following the capture of Welsh winger Daniel James from Swansea City on Friday afternoon, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to press on with his transfer plans with the signing of a new right-back high on the Manchester United manager’s list of priorities.

After a decade of service at Old Trafford, Antonio Valencia, who started as a short-term fix before becoming the long-term solution to United’s right-back problem in the post-Gary Neville era, has departed, while Matteo Darmian is also expected to move on. With the talented yet raw Diogo Dalot the only specialist right-back in Solskjaer’s plans, it is an area of the squad that requires strengthening and according to reports, there are two players in the frame to filling the spot vacated by Valencia: Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Thomas Meunier of PSG.

Manchester United have reached an agreement with Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka to sign him on a five-year deal, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schria. The Italian reporter claimed via his personal Twitter account on Sunday that the defender was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one right-back target and while a deal has been agreed with the player, United are yet to finalize a fee with Crystal Palace and talks remain in progress in that area.

Wan-Bissaka has enjoyed a whirlwind start to his professional career, only making his Crystal Palace debut in February 2018 due to an injury crisis in defense. Roy Hodgson confirmed earlier this year that prior to his debut, Wan-Bissaka had expressed an interest in going on loan to a club in League Two. Chucked in at the deep end, Wan-Bissaka faced Christian Eriksen, Alexis Sanchez and Eden Hazard in his first three senior outings for the Eagles and after coming through those individual battles with his reputation enhanced, he solidified his position in Hodgson’s starting XI. Only Luka Milivojevic and Patrick Van Aanholt played more Premier League minutes for Palace last season than Wan-Bissaka, who would have featured in more than 35 Premier League games had he not been sent off against Liverpool in August.

It is not hard to see why Wan-Bissaka established himself as one of the first names on Hodgson’s team sheet. No defender across Europe’s top five leagues won more tackles than his 129 in the Premier League, while only Wilfred Ndidi and Idrissa Gueye topped his total.

Author’s Take:

With Solskjaer looking to assemble a young, hungry side built primarily around a British core, Wan-Bissaka would be a perfect, if the admittedly expensive player to help kickstart the revolution

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