MANCHESTER UNITED signing Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka shows that their plans to base a new-look team around young English players is in full effect.
That’s the opinion of ESPN FC pundit Raphael Honigstein.
Wan-Bissaka, 21, is expected to join Manchester United this week after agreeing terms on a five-year contract.
Crystal Palace agreed a £50million deal with United yesterday, and the right-back was spotted at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester last night.
It is believed that he has completed part of his medical and the transfer could be announced in the coming days.
This marks United’s biggest transfer of the summer so far, having spent £15m on Swansea winger Daniel James, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to rejuvenate his squad.
The Norwegian is said to be focusing on signing young players and developing them, rather than spending more on experienced players.
And this move marks the perfect example of that, with Wan-Bissaka having played just 42 Premier League games for the London-based club.
Speaking on ESPN FC, Honigstein explained that he believes this transfer shows that United’s policy is working.
“I think it reflects United’s need to bring in younger players,” he said.
“[They need to sign] Players with pace, a bit of attacking, and more English players.
“I think that’s also part of their new direction.
“Also, they’re literally building from the back, not starting by signing just another superstar or a guy who could take advantage of their situation.
“I think he’s a solid buy. But looking at Wan-Bissaka’s numbers, they’re looking at potential.
“He hasn’t really been able to add much going forward.
“He looks a player who can develop into the type who would need to have both sides covered.
“That’s the promise they’re buying here, £50million is not cheap, it’s a solid, solid transfer but it can only be the start of this huge rebuilding process.”