Manchester United could lose Aaron Wan-Bissaka to AFCON after approach from DR Congo
United are already set to lose Andre Onana and Sofyan Amrabat in January and February.
Born in London, Wan-Bissaka is eligible to represent the Democratic Republic of Congo through his heritage and did make one appearance for their U20 side way back in 2015.
He went onto play five times for England’s youth teams but has never been capped at senior level largely down to the national team’s great depth at right-back.
The 25-year-old was called up once by Gareth Southgate in September 2019 but had to pull out of the squad because of a back injury.
With his Three Lions career now non-existent, Wan-Bissaka’s international future has always been speculated upon, and now The Athletic report that DR Congo have approached him about representing them.
They hope to convince the Crystal Palace icon to switch allegiance quickly so he can play at the upcoming AFCON tournament which will be held in the Ivory Coast.
Should he accept, he’d arguably be the biggest name in the country’s roster that also includes Brentford’s Yoanne Wissa and former West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku.
But with the tournament set to take place from 13th January to 11th February, this could spell disaster for United who could potentially be without three key players during this time.
Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana and Morocco midfielder Sofyan Ambrabat are also expected to go to AFCON.
The trio could therefore miss Premier League clashes against Tottenham, Wolves, West Ham and Aston Villa.
And depending if and how they progress, they could also miss FA Cup matches as well as the first-leg of the Champions League round of 16 or Europa League knockout round play-off.
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