What Aaron Wan-Bissaka transfer could mean for Wilfried Zaha move - Shipperley

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 8:10am

By James Gray @jamestingray

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Wilfried Zaha cannot be allowed to leave Crystal Palace in the same window, according to ex-Eagle Neil Shipperley.

Wan-Bissaka is reportedly on the verge of completely a £55million move to Manchester United after bids of £40m and £50m were rejected by the London club.

However, the Red Devils appear determined to get their man and even Under-21s manager Aidy Boothroyd admitted that the Palace defender’s ‘head has been turned’ by the links.

Shipperley appears resigned to his departure and actually thinks it’s a good bit of business, but one that will be turned sour if Zaha is also allowed to leave as well.

“There will be uproar if Wilf and Bissaka both go,” Shipperley told Ian Stone’s Comedy Breakfast (weekdays 6.30am-10am).

“I can understand [the Bissaka deal] because I don’t think Crystal Palace are a club at the moment who can turn down that money.

"I thought it was going to be the other way round because I thought Wilf would go and we’d keep Bissaka.

“But I would imagine with this looking like it’s going to get over the line, Wilf will stay.

“If he doesn’t, I think the fans… you can’t lose two big players like that unless we’ve got something up our sleeve where we can go and buy some able replacements.”

Zaha has already talked about his desire to play Champions League football, something he clearly could not achieve at Selhurst Park.

If both star men were to leave the club, Palace would like see their coffers swollen by more than £100m of transfer fees and would surely be able to spend big on replacements.

Love Sport understands Palace have been in touch with Fulham about the availability of Ryan Sessegnon.

But realistically, Shipperley does not appear confident there will be a flurry of inbound transfer activity this summer.

“It’s not all about money but I am a little bit concerned that we are not spending what we should do,” Shipperley added.

“It’s amazing that Roy Hodgson gets a bit of stick every now and then because he’s kept us in the Premier League and if he does it again without spending any money then I would personally call him ‘Sir’.

“He’s doing a great job because all these teams coming up are going to be spending money and if they spend it wisely enough then Palace finishing fourth from bottom again would be a success I’m afraid.”

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