Man Utd identify Aaron Wan-Bissaka alternative with shock new target – fans may be worried | Football | Sport
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attempts to sign Crystal Palace star Wan-Bissaka have hit a roadblock after the south Londoners rejected a £50million bid for the 21-year-old.
However, with the Red Devils’ latest bid knocked back by Palace, it is understood that they are looking at Norwich defender Max Aarons as a potential alternative.
Two years younger than Wan-Bissaka, Aarons enjoyed an excellent breakthrough campaign with the Canaries as they achieved promotion to the Premier League, winning the EFL Young Player of the Season award.
The potential move is further evidence of a shift in transfer policy at Old Trafford, with the club no longer looking to spend big money on established names like Alexis Sanchez and Nemanja Matic.
United are now focusing on signing young, homegrown talent, as evidenced by the £17m capture of 21-year-old winger Daniel James from Swansea.
However, the pursuit of the 19-year-old Aarons could be a cause for concern for some fans given that he has no previous experience of top flight football.
Aarons, like the already signed James, has only ever played in the Championship so despite the two player’s obvious talents, they are unknown quantities in the Premier League.
Manchester United are hoping to bounce back after a lacklustre season where they finished sixth in the league and missed out on Champions League football.
There was talk of the club splashing the cash this summer and bringing in star names like they have done in the past.
Among those linked with a switch to Old Trafford were the likes of Ajax captain Mathijs De Ligt and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.
Despite this, United are clearly going in a different direction with their transfer business so far and it will be interesting to see whether the new approach pays off for them.
With the move for Wan-Bissaka now in jeopardy, another name the Red Devils are supposedly monitoring is Napoli’s Elseid Hysaj.
The Serie A runners-up have been heavily linked with a move for Tottenham full-back Kieran Trippier which could pave the way for Hysaj to leave.
The 25-year-old Albanian has already told reporters of his intentions to leave the Stadio San Paolo and Old Trafford could be a potential destination.
“I’m absolutely ready for a new challenge because I need change,” Hysaj told DigitAlb, “For me, my time at Napoli is over and I hope to find a team that will give me what I need.”