‘It’d be daft not to say that in some way he must think about it’: Manchester United’s £60m pursuit of Aaron Wan-Bissaka has unsettled him, insists England U21 boss Aidy Boothroyd
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka is set to move to Manchester United this summer
- England U21 manager Aidy Boothroyd believes transfer has unsettled him
- He said: ‘When that speculation is flying around it’s bound to turn your head’
- Wan-Bissaka scored an own goal against France as England U21 lost Euro opener
Aidy Boothroyd has made the stark admission that Manchester United’s pursuit of Aaron Wan-Bissaka has unsettled the right back at a key moment in his career.
Wan-Bissaka is one of United’s prime targets for this window and they have had one bid rejected; talks are on-going with Crystal Palace, who want a guaranteed £50million for the 21-year-old, but they have not yet made a breakthrough.
The uncertainty around whether he will be staying in south London or moving to Manchester has now taken a toll; Wan-Bissaka, who is currently on duty with England’s Under 21s at the European Championships in Italy, scored an own goal against France to cap a disappointing personal display.
Aidy Boothroyd has admitted Aaron Wan-Bissaka (above) has been affected by United interest
His situation is in contrast to Jordan Pickford’s experience with the U21s two summers ago. Everton struck a deal with Sunderland before the tournament started and sent officials to Poland to complete the £30million transfer. They worked closely with the FA to keep disruption at a minimum.
United, however, have not given any indication to the FA about whether they will come out to Italy and Boothroyd, the U21s head coach, is irritated by how the situation has dragged and the mental impact it has had on Wan-Bissaka.
‘I could dodge (this question) by saying you have to ask him that but I won’t,’ said Boothroyd. ‘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.
England U21 boss said: ‘When that speculation is flying around it is bound to turn your head’
‘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. He doesn’t say too much 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. He’s disappointed with the own goal. It’s been going on for a long time. In Poland last time we had a similar situation last time with Jordan Pickford, a lot of speculation.
Boothroyd added: ‘Everton agreed the deal, they worked very closely with us and were very respectful in terms of not getting involved in our build-up. In the end it was done in a hotel down the road away from everything else, all the medicals and got done.
‘If that was to happen we certainly wouldn’t be blocking anybody, we’d be talking to people and seeing if we could help out – providing both clubs were happy with it. If that happens we’ll oblige and if it doesn’t suit us we’ll find a time when it does.’
Wan-Bissaka scored a last-gasp own goal to gift France victory in England’s U21 Euro opener
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