As per a report from the Daily Mail, Crystal Palace will attempt to ward off all interest in defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer, by means of a hefty price-tag.
Wan-Bissaka, a 21-year-old right-back, has emerged as one of the Premier League’s most impressive young players this season.
The English U21-international came up through the youth ranks of Palace, before breaking into the first-team setup of the Eagles during the second-half of last season in the midst of an injury crisis.
And to say that Wan-Bissaka has since gone on to take advantage of the opportunity afforded to him by Roy Hodgson would be something of an understatement.
After appearing in 7 league outings between February and the end of the campaign last time out, the gifted stopper subsequently went on to start in 35 of Palace’s 38 Premier League fixtures this season.
Wan-Bissaka’s impressive physical attributes are fully matched by his abilities on the ball, with the fact that the youngster was generally deployed as a winger during his youth made evident by his frequent driving runs out of defence.
‘Dribbled past on just 6 occasions’
What makes the 21-year-old such a unique talent, though, is that, added to all of the aforementioned traits, Wan-Bissaka is a genuinely superb defender.
As was brought to light in an article from the respected WhoScored.com in January, to that point in the season, Wan-Bissaka possessed the best tackle success rate across the top-5 leagues in Europe:
‘Of the 83 times that he has faced up an opponent this season, Wan-Bissaka has been dribbled past on just six occasions. This leaves a success rate of 92.8 per cent.’
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 16, 2019
Palace’s preventative measures
As such, news that several Premier League heavyweights are eyeing the Palace starlet’s signature has come as little surprise.
All of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have been named as keen suitors of Wan-Bissaka of late.
As per the aforementioned report from the Daily Mail, though, the board at Selhurst Park are ready to ward off any and all interest in their crown jewel by means of a massive price-tag.
The Eagles are said to be ready to demand £60 million for Wan-Bissaka’s signature.
Such a fee is labelled as ‘way above’ what main suitors Manchester United would be willing to splash out.
As such, with Wan-Bissaka having 3 years remaining on his current Palace deal, the Londoners appear to be in a strong position in their hopes of holding onto the English stopper into next season and beyond.