Manchester United are preparing a second transfer bid for Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Picture: Getty)Crystal Palace legend John Salako has urged Aaron Wan-Bissaka to avoid making the same mistake as Wilfried Zaha by joining Manchester United too early in his career.
Wan-Bissaka, 21, had an eye-catching breakthrough season for Palace – making 35 appearances across the Premier League campaign – and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly has his heart set on signing the talented right-back this summer.
United have had an opening £40million bid rejected by Palace, but it’s understood the Red Devils are already planning their next offer for Wan-Bissaka which is expected to be in the region on £50m.
Wan-Bissaka’s current team-mate, Zaha, made a disastrous £15m move to Old Trafford at the start of his career before eventually returning to Selhurst Park in 2015 and Salako believes the young full-back would be wise to stay on at Palace for at least another season.
‘He’s got the world at his feet. But my only concern is that we had Wilfried Zaha leave at a young age and he didn’t cope,’ Salako told Love Sport Drive.
‘He wasn’t mature enough and didn’t really settle in at Man United. He ended up coming back and has had the best spell of his career since he came back.
‘He’s obviously another one linked with moving away but I’m just a bit concerned with Aaron. It’s been his first full season and it’s been absolutely magnificent.
‘He couldn’t have been lying in bed and dreamed of a better debut season. He probably needs more games.’
Salako believes it’s ‘too early’ for Wan-Bissaka to join United (Picture: Getty)Salako believes Wan-Bissaka should look to Nathaniel Clyne who spent four seasons with Palace before leaving to join Southampton and subsequently Liverpool.
‘I would compare him to Nathaniel Clyne who came through the system at Palace and was tremendous,’ Salako added.
‘He played 120-odd games and then went to Southampton, Liverpool, played for England and everything seemed to fall into place for him because he had that maturity.
‘He knew his job and he was confident in himself and his game.
‘It’s too early for Aaron. He needs another season.
‘I’m not surprised United have come in because they could probably get him cheaper and they think they need to do something now.
‘You remember with Walcott and those types of players who came through at Southampton – even [Gareth] Bale or [Alex] Oxlade-Chamblerlain – they came early and it took them years to find their feet.
‘I don’t know why teams don’t buy them and then leave them with their club and loan them back for a season or two, just to get that maturity.’
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