Reports have suggested that Palace are interested in bringing Wan-Bissaka back to Selhurst Park, but Barclay cannot see that happening after the south London club’s decision to recruit Richards.
What is the latest news involving Wan-Bissaka?
Earlier this month, Sky Sports claimed that Palace were interested in re-signing Wan-Bissaka.
The 24-year-old left the Eagles for United in a £50m deal just over three years ago and was initially a regular at Old Trafford.
What has Barclay said about Wan-Bissaka and Palace?
With Richards, who is able to play at right-back, Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Ward all at Palace, Barclay thinks the Eagles re-signing Wan-Bissaka this summer is unlikely.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, The Sun journalist said: “I don’t think Wan-Bissaka’s very likely now because Chris Richards signed, who’s not always going to start at right-back, but they’ve obviously got Clyne, they’ve got Ward.
“Poor Nathan Ferguson’s injured again, so I don’t know about that one. But last I heard, yeah, unlikely on Wan-Bissaka.”
Should Wan-Bissaka be a priority for Palace?
Now that Palace have Richards on top of Clyne, Ward and Ferguson, Patrick Vieira would probably be better off prioritising other areas of his squad instead of right-back.
The Premier League outfit, for example, could maybe do with another centre-forward, with Vieira himself recently admitting that he wants his side to score more goals.
Speaking prior to Palace’s clash against Liverpool, the 46-year-old said (via The Independent): “Scoring goals is about how you play the game. I always believe to create chances and to score goals, you need to play quite well from the back and make the right decision.
“We want to score more goals than we did last year, and to do that we have to play better football.”
Ultimately, with Christian Benteke leaving the club and Odsonne Edouard having some difficulties last season, with the Frenchman scoring just six times for Vieira’s men, a No.9 should be at the top of Palace’s list right now rather than Wan-Bissaka.