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OFFICIAL: Manchester United Complete £50m Wan-Bissaka Signing From Crystal Palace

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Manchester United have made an official announcement of the signing of Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka in a deal worth £50 million.

The England U-21 international joins the Red Devils on a five-year contract with an option to extend for a further year.

United completed the signing of the 21-year-old defender who came through the ranks of Crystal Palace’s academy days after he returned from the European U-21 Championships in Italy where the Young Lions had a terrible outing.

Wan-Bissaka underwent a medical at United’s Carrington training complex on Thursday before finalizing the deal on Friday.

OFFICIAL: Manchester United Complete £50m Wan-Bissaka Signing From Crystal Palace

The negotiations for the deal had been on for weeks as Crystal Palace played hard over the exact details of the transfer fee while the sell-on clause in Wilfried Zaha’s switch from Old Trafford to Selhurst Park became a bone of contention.

The Eagles wanted the 25 percent sell-on cut they agreed with United when Zaha rejoined them in 2015 removed in return for allowing Wan-Bissaka to leave.

An agreement was eventually reached for an initial £45m outlay, with a target-related £5m due at a later point and now the player has been unveiled as a United player.

Speaking about the newest addition to his team, Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, said:

“Aaron is one of the best upcoming defenders in the Premier League. He has the right work ethic, talent and mentality to play for Manchester United and he fits exactly the type of player that we are looking to bring into the squad to help us improve and push on further.

“Aaron is a young, hungry player and eager to learn and that’s important at his age. I am delighted he has signed with us and we look forward to continuing his tremendous development so far.”

An excited Wan-Bissaka told the club's official website after signing: “It’s an unbelievable feeling and an honor to call myself a Manchester United player and something I know that only a small number of players have the privilege to say.

“I can’t wait to get going and integrated into the squad. I will have a short break now after the European Championships but I’m looking forward to starting training with the manager and my new team-mates on the pre-season tour.”

Wan-Bissaka made his professional debut in February 2018 for Crystal Palace before going on to win both the fans’ player of the year award and also the players’ player of the year award in his first full season.

He is Manchester United's second signing of the season after the club signed Welsh forward, Daniel James, from Swansea for an initial £15 million fee.