Manchester United have completed a deal to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace for £50million.
Full-back Wan-Bissaka had agreed a five-year deal with United, with the option for a sixth, having undergone a medical on Wednesday night after the Red Devils and Palace had earlier thrashed out a deal.
United had seen two bids for their target rejected by Palace before increasing their offer.
The £50m fee is made up of £45m up front and a further £5m in add-ons – and will take up a large chunk of United’s reported £100m summer budget.
Wan-Bissaka, who only made his professional debut for the Eagles 16 months ago, will earn £80,000-a-week at Old Trafford.
The 21-year-old is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s second signing as United manager – having lured attacking midfielder Daniel James to the club earlier this month.
The transfer was completed earlier than planned due to England Under 21’s dismal showing at the European Championships.
Wan-Bissaka said: “It’s an unbelievable feeling and an honour to call myself a Manchester United player and something I know that only a small number of players have the privilege to say.
“I can’t wait to get going and integrated into the squad. I will have a short break now after the European Championships but I’m looking forward to starting training with the manager and my new team-mates on the pre-season tour.”
Manager Solskjaer said: “Aaron is one of the best upcoming defenders in the Premier League. He has the right work ethic, talent and mentality to play for Manchester United and he fits exactly the type of player that we are looking to bring into the squad to help us improve and push on further.
“Aaron is a young, hungry player and eager to learn and that’s important at his age. I am delighted he has signed with us and we look forward to continuing his tremendous development so far.”
Wan-Bissaka, who has also represented DR Congo at international age group levels, suffered a personal nightmare at the tournament after his own goal in the opener against France saw him dropped for the following two group games – after which the Young Lions were sent packing from Italy.
Wan-Bissaka grew up a Red Devils supporter, with photos emerging during the transfer saga of him wearing the red kit as a youngster.
The right-back was a mainstay in Roy Hodgson’s defence last season, having broken through the previous season.
He managed 35 Premier League appearances, during which he made three assists, and four cup appearances – during which he promoted himself as one of the most exciting young talents in Europe.
Wan-Bissaka will likely become Solskjaer’s first-choice right-back after Antonio Valencia left the club this summer.
The Norwegian is still on the hunt for more summer recruits as he looks to re haul his squad following a horrific sixth placed finish last season.
A centre back and striker are likely to be high on Solskjaer’s wish list, especially with Inter Milan upping their hopes of signing Belgian frontman Romelu Lukaku.