Manchester United are reportedly set to target Norwich starlet Max Aarons if they fail in their pursuit of Crystal Palace breakout star Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
If the report from Sky Sports is to be believed, Manchester United are prepared to give up on their pursuit of Crystal Palace star Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The Red Devils have reportedly lined up a second bid for the Englishman but will pursue Norwich City youngster Max Aarons if they fail to agree a deal with Palace for Wan-Bissaka.
As per various reports, Manchester United are lining up a second bid of £50 million for Aaron Wan-Bissaka after their initial £40 million offer was turned by Crystal Palace. But, in case the Eagles fail to come to an agreement with United in the coming days, the Red Devils will move for Norwich defender Max Aarons.
Like Wan-Bissaka, Max Aarons has also had a breakout season, albeit in the Championship with Norwich. Aarons was one of the first names on the Norwich team sheet whenever fit and available and was a key part of the club’s triumphant season that ended with promotion to the Premier League.
Statistically, Aarons has had a better season than Wan-Bissaka. But, it was in a league one step below the Premier League and the Norwich star also had more appearances against his name. Another positive for Aarons is that he can also be deployed as a left-back. Thus, Manchester United’s interest in Aarons seems more than fair.
Crystal Palace have reportedly lined up Max Aarons as the replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. But, Manchester United might jump the queue and go for the ‘replacement’ straight away. Aarons is reportedly valued at £15 million, which is considerably lower than the £60 million that United have been quoted for Wan-Bissaka.
There is another club in the running, with RB Leipzig also chasing Max Aarons. The Bundesliga giants have Lukas Klostermann and Nordi Mukiele as the options for the right side of the back four, which means Aarons is unlikely to get regular first-team playing time if he chooses to move to Bundesliga like many other youngsters from English leagues.
Palace and United are the best options for Aarons right now, with United likely to have an edge, if they do convert their interest into something genuine, considering the fact that United have European football on offer.
Ideally, Solskjaer and his men seem fixated on the idea of bringing Wan-Bissaka in as the long-term right-back solution. But, in case Palace continue to be difficult in the negotiations, Aarons could prove to be a more than able alternative for Manchester United.