Atletico Madrid have plotted an attack on Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka and have identified the Englishman as their main target this summer.
That is according to the Spanish outlet All transfers, who claim Atletico manager Diego Simeone is a fan of Wan-Bissaka’s defensive abilities, strength and speed. The news may come as a shock to Manchester United fans, who have criticized the defender widely over the course of this season; the player’s perceived lack of attacks is a major bug bear.
Wan-Bissaka joined Old Trafford in the summer of 2019, in a deal reportedly worth £55million. The former Crystal Palace defender has not lived up to his price tag as a leaky defense struggled again this season under two different managers.
Wan-Bissaka is known as a solid defender, with a reputation for winning personal duels. While at Palace, he was among the best defenders in Europe for tackles won. However, since signing for United, his lack of attacking ability has been heavily criticized.
A move to Atletico would bear some resemblance to the deal that brought Kieran Tripper from Tottenham to the Spanish capital in 2019. Tripper himself was criticized by Spurs supporters for his form, but recaptured his best under the leadership of Simeone.
The Argentine manager is known for his reactive style of play and has a history of developing defenders into world beaters at the Wanda Metropolitano. During his time in Spain, Tripper won La Liga, forced his way into the England squad for Euro 2020 and was one of the best defenders in Spain for successive seasons.
As Manchester United enter a new era under incoming manager Erik ten Hag, a commotion of the player group is expected. Wan-Bissaka’s form makes him listed as a likely player for sale. A move to Spain could therefore be a win-win for all involved.
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