While the thought of losing Aaron Wan-Bissaka is gut-wrenching to say the least, hear us out.
Although Crystal Palace could be set to receive a cool £45 million for the 21-year-old, (as per The Daily Mail) the Eagles may be better off with another young, English full-back.
As a result of the uncertainty regarding Wan-Bissaka’s future, the name Reece James continues to be floated around Selhurst Park, as well as many other Premier League clubs. Indeed, Palace were linked by the Mail back in May and it’s easy to see why.
The England U20 international (who is valued at £900k on Transfermarkt) enjoyed a quality breakthrough season with Wigan in the Championship following his loan move to the DW Stadium.
That, in turn, has left plenty of sides wanting to take him from Chelsea once again this summer.
Whether the Blues will end up keeping James is unknown but after claiming Wigan’s Player of The Season, oh and not to forget Players’ Player of the Season as well, his stock is rising by the game.
Yes, it goes without saying, there is a gulf in class between the Championship and the Premier League but because James is such a confident, young player, there seem to be no worries about his ability to thrive in the top flight. The Blues themselves have previously been reported to value him enough to offer him a new deal (as per the Independent) so it’s clear to see he is highly rated.
Wan-Bissaka has been nothing short of brilliant since making his progression into the first-team, hence why it would be such a damaging loss for Crystal Palace.
The loss, though, would be somewhat dampened if the Eagles were able to bring in James because frankly, a defensive player that scores three goals and creates three assists in 45 Championship appearances is clearly a real star in the making.
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