Man Utd improve AWB bid – but Palace want Zaha clause removed

Matt Stead

Manchester United made ‘an improved bid’ for Aaron Wan-Bissaka over the weekend.

United are said to have ‘prioritised’ the signing of Crystal Palace right-back Wan-Bissaka who forms a key part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s proposed squad overhaul.

A gargantuan wage increase has been prepared for the 21-year-old, who wants to move to Old Trafford.

But United are yet to make an offer Palace deem acceptable for a player they value at around £60m. Can he handle the pressure?

The Guardian say fresh talks between the two clubs will take place on Monday afternoon ‘with a view to thrashing out the finer details’.

As well as a guaranteed £50m for Wan-Bissaka, Palace also want ‘to cancel, or at least reduce’ a sell-on clause inserted into the deal which saw them re-sign Wilfried Zaha from United in February 2015.

Palace sold Zaha to United for £10m in January 2013 but the winger failed to impress at Old Trafford, returning to Selhurst Park on an initial loan before the move became permanent.

A 20% sell-on clause was inserted into that deal, which Dominic Fifield says Palace ‘will still push for the removal of’ during these latest negotiations.

United’s most recent bid came after Palace’s ‘frustrations’ over the deal heading into the weekend, at which point they ‘effectively challenged’ executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward ‘to match their asking price or walk away’.