Norwich City transfer rumours: Barcelona sell right-back to Wolves as Aarons and Dest links persist
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Max Aarons has agreed personal terms with Barcelona but there are still no guarantees he will be playing his football in the Nou Camp next season according to reports.
Journalist Guillem Ballague wrote in the Spanish daily newspaper Sport that Aarons has agreed a five-year deal with Barcelona but there is still no agreement over a fee for the 20-year-old.
However, there are also reports on Spanish television that the Catalan giants have agreed personal terms with Ajax right-back Sergino Dest although it appears a fee has yet to be struck with the Dutch side.
The situation has moved on this morning after Barca completed the £29million sale of Nelson Semedo to Premier League side Wolves.
The 26-year-old Portugal international was first choice at right-back as Barca finished second in La Liga and were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals, with Semedo playing all of the humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich - leading to Quique Setien being replaced by Holland manager Ronald Koeman.
It is highly unlikely that Barcelona would sign both players and it could be a case of the player whose club agrees a fee is the one to get their dream move.
In Balague’s report he says Aarons is keen on a move to Barcelona and would be prepared to move there on loan even if the deal comes without an obligation to buy at the end of the deal.
Norwich rejected an offer made by Barcelona which was a loan deal without an obligation to buy although they would accept a loan deal with an obligation to buy next summer, with the fee paid over the next two or more seasons. The Canaries are asking for £20 plus a further £10m in add-ons although Balague claims there could be room for manoeuvre on this.
To complicate matters Bayern Munich are also apparently interested in USA international Dest and the German champions have also expressed an interest in Aarons earlier this summer.
Koeman is said to have been impressed by Aarons when he was at Carrow Road to check on Tim Krul in February, watching City battle hard during a 1-0 loss to eventual champions Liverpool in the Premier League, but will clearly be aware of Ajax man Dest from his time as Holland manager as well.