Signed by Solskjaer, now worth £37m less: Man Utd had big mare on £90k-p/w “liability”

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The summer transfer window will soon come into focus for Manchester United as the season draws to a close. Erik ten Hag’s team appears to require further additions to strengthen their chances of establishing a sustained title challenge.

The Athletic stated that a new right-back could be on the Red Devils’ list this summer, with the club searching for a more “attacking” alternative to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka. A new center-forward and midfielder appear to be among the Red Devils’ goals ahead of next season.

The report says that the club will ‘listen to bids’ for the right-back, providing that there is interest in his services, despite the fact that the latter player has recently seen something of a comeback after starting nine Premier League games since the World Cup break.

After only one four-minute appearance in the first 16 league games of the season, the 25-year-old was expected to leave the club at the end of the previous season and heading into the January transfer window.

Although the former Crystal Palace player has recently made a comeback and was reportedly “brilliant” against Everton last time out, it does appear like Ten Hag still does not fully trust the Englishman, which is why there have been rumors that he might leave in the near future.

However, given the player’s rapidly declining value, the top-four contenders are unlikely to receive anything even close to the £50 million Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and company paid to bring the full-back to Manchester back in 2019.

What is Wan-Bissaka currently worth?

While possibly impacted by the fact that Wan-Bissaka, who makes £90k per week at the Theatre of Dreams, has just over a year left on his current contract, Wan-Bissaka is now estimated to be worth as little as £13m, according to CIES Football Observatory, which represents a £37m fall from his initial cost.

That decline was undoubtedly warranted because the former Selhurst Park starlet had previously established himself as a “liability,” according to journalist Andrew McDonnell, and had also been referred to as “useless” on the ball by club icon Paul Scholes back in 2021.

Given that Wan-Bissaka has only scored twice and provided 11 assists in 149 games for the club so far across all fronts, Ten Hag’s hunt for a more attacking alternative appears to be motivated in part by the defender’s struggles in the final third.

These flaws were made clear during the most recent victory over the Toffees, when the 6 foot danger, who had the goal at his mercy after reacting first to Antony’s rebounding shot, strangely missed the target.

Despite recent advancements made by the right-back, including being dubbed “monstrous” by journalist Alex Turk during the right-back’s victory in the Carabao Cup final, that most recent awful error appeared to be a sign that a long-term upgrade will be required.

However, as said above, it is still unclear how much United will be able to recuperate for the £50 million player. If they are successful this summer, it appears that the club may have to swallow its pride and accept a large decrease on that costly transfer fee.

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