Norwich City transfer rumours: Canaries prepared to listen to loan proposals for Aarons
PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 August 2020 | UPDATED: 17:15 09 August 2020
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Norwich City are willing to listen to loan offers for right-back Max Aarons this summer, according to a report in a national newspaper.
The Canaries’ 20-year-old academy graduate has been linked with moves to Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers after a series of impressive performances for City in the Premier League.
The Sunday Mirror report that Norwich are willing to listen to loan offers for Aarons with a view to buying the full-back next summer as clubs continue to navigate their way through the transfer market after taking a financial hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the report, City will not be able to justify asking for a £20million fee for their young prospect this summer, with the price tag seemingly out of reach for numerous clubs looking to be conservative with their budgets this summer.
Sporting director Stuart Webber reiterated that City were in a healthy financial position this summer and wouldn’t need to sell any of their prized assets out of financial necessity.
Jamal Lewis was the subject of a bid from Premier League champions Liverpool last week - with the Canaries left frustrated at the derisory nature of the Merseysiders’ offer - believed to be £8m up front with a further £2m in add-on fees.
The Canaries have set the benchmark for any deal involving their young players at the same price they received for James Maddison from Leicester City in 2018 - believed to be in excess of £20m.
Aarons played 36 times in the top flight last season, registering two assists and has developed into one of the hottest prospects in English football despite only making his City debut in 2018.
Speaking last month, Webber said: “We are difficult to negotiate with when we are selling, and we hold all the cards on our young players,” he said.
“Not one of them has less than three years left on their contracts. They owe us, we owe them.
“They are homegrown, and British players cost more. That is almost a Premier League tax these days. We are fortunate we have a few of them. I am sure there will also be interest in our younger ones.
“But that will be on our terms.”