This article forms part of our Profit Players feature, where we use the break in football to look back at money well spent across the two transfer windows to have taken place this season.
When Aaron Wan-Bissaka joined Manchester United in 2019, he came with a huge price tag hanging over his head. Crystal Palace managed to hold firm in their negotiations with the Red Devils and got a deal worth £50m, with £45m being paid upfront and £5m in added bonuses.
On the face of it, that looks to be an incredible amount of money for a full-back, who has never made a senior England appearance and was just 21-years-old at the time of the move. However, he has settled in well at Old Trafford and has so far proven the big-money deal was a bit of a bargain.
The Crystal Palace academy product has shown over the course of his Premier League career that he loves to tackle. That’s no different now that he’s pulling on the red of United with the right-back having managed 99 tackles in the 26 league appearances he’s made this season, working out at £454.5k per every sliding challenge. Indeed, considering the ace is just 22-years-old and one season into a five-year contract, it looks to be outstanding long-term value for the club. After all, Jamie Carragher even suggested he was the best 1v1 defender in the world.
And when you look at how close the side are to securing Champions League football, the ace looks to be an even bigger bargain. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men sit in fifth-place, a position which sees them qualify for Europe’s premier competition if rivals Manchester City’s ban is upheld. It has also emerged that just competing in the group stages of the tournament can make you £13.2m and that’s before you take into account the £2.3m you get paid for each win or £776k for every draw (via The Express).
The above all adds up to a pretty high figure especially when you add in the money made from competing in the Premier League. It all goes a long way to showing how well the young defender has done in his contribution towards the team’s goals.
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