Crystal Palace have looked into possible summer swoops for Manchester United duo Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Donny van de Beek, according to transer insider Dean Jones.
However, after featuring in the 2020/21 Europa League Squad of the Season, Wan-Bissaka has fallen down the Red Devils’ pecking order more recently, starting just six Premier League matches since the turn of the year.
Meanwhile, Van de Beek spent the latter half of the 2021/22 campaign on loan at Everton after playing a mere 68 top-flight minutes between August and January.
Writing for GiveMeSport, Jones insisted that there is a ‘genuine feeling’ that Wan-Bissaka could return to Selhurst Park this summer, following recent transfer links touting him to go back to Palace. Palace wouldn’t be able to afford a permanent deal for the 24-year-old right now but could sign him on loan initially.
Elsewhere, the club’s recruitment team have ‘explored’ the possibility of signing Van de Beek, although the expectation at this point is that he will stay at Old Trafford and reunite with his former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.
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The £27m-rated Wan-Bissaka appears to be the more realistic signing of the United duo, but should Palace fans be excited about a potential second coming?
The 24-year-old’s offerings going forward are limited, with just two goals and 10 assists to his name after 126 appearances for the Red Devils.
However, he is regarded as a rock-solid defender in one-v-one situations, with team-mate Luke Shaw and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher hailing him as the best in the world in that department, so it may all depend on what Patrick Vieira wants from his full-backs.
If the Frenchman’s priority is defensive security while other players in the team take on the creative responsibility, then Wan-Bissaka – who Jermaine Jenas claimed ‘must be so annoying to play against‘ because his ‘legs are everywhere’ – is the man to target this summer.
Furthermore, with Van de Beek also struggling for game-time on loan at Everton after an injury-plagued spell, there may be some reservations about Palace possibly signing the Dutchman.
In other news, another target for Vieira has emerged.
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