Aaron Wan-Bissaka is set to complete a £55m move from Crystal Palace to Manchester United (Picture: Getty)England Under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd believes Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been affected by speculation that he’s set to join Manchester United this summer.
Wan-Bissaka has reportedly agreed personal terms with United in a move which could see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side pay out £55million for the Crystal Palace right-back.
This would make the 21-year-old the most expensive English defender in history, overtaking the £50m which Manchester City spent on Kyle Walker back in 2017.
Wan-Bissaka is currently on international duty at the U21 European Championship in Italy and scored an own goal deep into injury time as England lost 2-1 to France in their opening match of the tournament.
Boothroyd, who was quick to defend Wan-Bissaka following the defeat, suggests that constant talk of a move to United may have had an impact on the young defender.
Asked whether Wan-Bissaka had been affected by the rumours, Boothroyd told The Telegraph: ‘I could dodge it by saying “You have to ask him that” but I won’t.
‘I think when you are nearly going to move and all the things that would go through an older person’s head, who is more experienced in life, it would be difficult for them to cope with.
Wan-Bissaka scored a last-gasp own goal as England’s U21 side lost to France‘For a young player who all he knows is Crystal Palace academy, Crystal Palace first team. It would be daft not to say that in some way he must think about it. I would not be truthful if I told you anything other than that.
‘What I will say is because he doesn’t say too much so you don’t get to find out too much. Aaron keeps things to himself. He is a very private guy.
‘When that speculation is flying around it is bound to turn your head. But having said all of that had he not scored the own goal we probably would be having this conversation.’
Wan-Bissaka has reportedly agreed terms with the Red Devils (Picture: Getty)Boothroyd has called on Wan-Bissaka to regain his focus following the ‘disappointment’ of his own goal against France.
‘He is disappointed with the way the own goal turned out,’ Boothroyd said.
‘Possibly with all the noise surrounding him at the minute, you could imagine if you or I were in that position we would probably be a lot different to what he is.
‘He is very calm, very measured and doesn’t say a great deal. But if he plays [against Romania] I expect the same focus, the same sort of energy and expecting him to bounce back.’
Boothroyd’s side next face Romania (Picture: Getty)Boothroyd insists that England will clear the path for Wan-Bissaka to join United provided all parties are satisfied with the move.
On United’s negotiations with Palace, Boothroyd said: ‘It seems to have been going on a long time, doesn’t it? We had a similar situation in Poland with Jordan Pickford last time.
‘A lot of speculation. Everton agreed the deal, they worked very closely with us. They were very respectful in terms of not getting involved in our training and our build-up.
‘In the end it was done in a hotel down the road away from everyone else, all the medicals and everything, and got done.
‘If that was to happen we certainly wouldn’t be blocking anybody. We would be talking to people and seeing if we could help out anyway provided both clubs were happy.
‘If that happens we will oblige and if it doesn’t suit us then we will find a time when it does.’
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