Norwich City transfer rumours: Blades eye £10m deal for Cantwell

PUBLISHED: 11:09 09 July 2020 | UPDATED: 16:57 09 July 2020

Todd Cantwell was jumping for joy after scoring for Norwich against Manchester United in the FA Cup 
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Todd Cantwell was jumping for joy after scoring for Norwich against Manchester United in the FA Cup Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Sheffield United think they will be able to sign Todd Cantwell for around £10m this summer, according to the latest addition to the Premier League rumour mill - a value which Norwich City fans have mostly laughed off.

That’s according to a report in the Daily Star, which claims that Blades boss Chris Wilder is a “huge admirer” of 22-year-old Cantwell, who has six goals and two assists to his name from 32 top-flight games so far this season.

Cantwell had made the breakthrough into senior football during City’s romp to the Championship title but has become a key player since promotion, largely playing on the left wing.

Goals against Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and a recent excellent FA Cup strike against Manchester United have hinted at further potential from the Norfolk-born creative talent as well.

The report goes on to state that Wilder has had scouts watch Cantwell on six occasions during the current campaign - having been promoted as runners-up behind Norwich last season.

MORE: Farke’s thoughts on Cantwell’s best position

The Blades sit seventh in the Premier League table after a midweek 1-0 home win over Wolves, just four points from fifth, which could still be a Champions League place if Manchester City’s two-year ban from Europe is upheld.

Cantwell missed City’s 2-1 loss at Watford on Tuesday with a hamstring injury but is expected to return when West Ham travel to Norfolk on Saturday, when defeat would see relegation confirmed for Daniel Farke’s squad.

VERDICT: Anything coming from the Daily Star clearly needs to be taken with an extremely large pile of salt but this is verging on laughable.

Yes, the transfer market is expected to be slower than usual and values to drop, as clubs tighten their belts amid the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

City fans also know that, in spite of the huge disappointment at the manner of the club’s impending relegation, the Canaries will return to the Championship in a stable financial situation and without a desperate need to sell players.

So to think that any club would be able to sign an England Under-21 international who has scored six goals in the Premier League this season for as little as £10m is just fanciful.

Norwich sold James Maddison to Leicester in 2018 for over £20m after he had starred in the Championship. They also sold Jacob Murphy, Josh Murphy and Alex Pritchard for in excess of £10m each, based on achievements in the second tier.

So while the Blades may be keen on the ‘Dereham Deco’ as their superb season comes to a conclusion, with Europa League football during 2020-21 very much a possibility, they won’t be getting him for £10m. They forked out £20m last summer for striker Oli McBurnie after success with Swansea and Barnsley in the Championship.

However, if Cantwell were to leave City this summer, he would appear much more likely to continue getting regular game time with a club like Sheffield United than if the reported interest from big boys including Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool were to become a genuine opportunity.

Yet there will be hopes that the local lad could be persuaded to stay and play a key part in helping the Canaries - who he has been with since his under-11 age group - try to bounce straight back to the Premier League.

The fresh link to Cantwell follows on from defender Ben Godfrey being linked with Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Newcastle in recent days, with other young talents Max Aarons, Emi Buendia and Jamal Lewis all making transfer headlines in the past 18 months - with all of them already tied to long-term contracts.

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