Manchester United completed their ‘biggest disastrous transfer’ in recent memory when they welcomed Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Old Trafford, football journalist Steve Bates has told GiveMeSport.
The right-back has been on the Red Devils’ books since a £50million switch from Crystal Palace was rubber-stamped in 2019, but he has struggled to convince boss Erik ten Hag of his capabilities.
Man United transfer news – Aaron Wan-Bissaka
According to the Manchester Evening News, West Ham United are interested in striking a loan deal which would see Wan-Bissaka spend the remainder of the season at the London Stadium.
The report suggests the Hammers have a close relationship with the defender’s representatives, Unique Sports Management, while he was informed that he could leave his current employers before the 2021/22 season reached its climax.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are another club in the race for Wan-Bissaka’s services after he has been made available for transfer by ten Hag.
A return to Crystal Palace could also be on the cards as the Eagles, along with West Ham, saw a proposal pushed back during the final stages of the summer transfer window, but links have re-emerged.
Transfer insider Dean Jones recently told GiveMeSport that Manchester United are ‘trying to find a way’ to offload Wan-Bissaka, increasing the likelihood of an Old Trafford exit next month.
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What has Steve Bates said about Wan-Bissaka?
Bates believes Wan-Bissaka’s big-money move to Manchester United has not gone to plan and could even be among the worst pieces of transfer business they have done in recent years.
The journalist has not been impressed with the former England under-21 international’s performances for the Red Devils.
He hints that Manchester United will now be seeing the £50million they splashed out on flop Wan-Bissaka as a waste of money.
Bates told GiveMeSport: “It’s been a disastrous move, hasn’t it? I think everybody will recognise it’s probably been the biggest disastrous transfer Manchester United have made in some time in terms of the money.”
Should Man United offload Wan-Bissaka in January?
Wan-Bissaka is clearly not at the forefront of ten Hag’s plans as he has been restricted to just 76 minutes of action since the season got underway, according to Transfermarkt.
Although he grabbed an eye-catching assist during Manchester United’s Carabao Cup win over Burnley in midweek, he has struggled to become a major threat in the final third of the pitch and only chalked up 13 goal contributions in 128 outings.
While creating clear-cut opportunities may not be among Wan-Bissaka’s key attributes, he has demonstrated that he is a reliable defender as, per FBref, he ranks in the 99th percentile for interceptions and 97th for tackles among his positional peers in Europe’s top five leagues and continental competitions over the last year.
But the 25-year-old’s contract situation also needs to be taken into consideration and, with him entering the final 18 months of his £100,000-per-week agreement, January would be the ideal time for Manchester United to cash-in.
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