Fears of Aarons exit ease for City fans as United sign £50m right-back and Palace eye Atalanta ace
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Norwich City fans can relax a little about the potential for Max Aarons to be poached this summer, with reported suitors Manchester United poised to sign Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Sky Sports reports in recent weeks had suggested the Red Devils were looking at Aarons as an alternative to the England Under-21 international, due to Palace holding out for around £60million.
However, a deal reportedly worth closer to £50m is on the verge of being completed for 21-year-old defender Wan-Bissaka, who was one of the Eagles' top performers last season to win the London club's Player of the Season award.
While that would appear to end any chance of the Premier League giants approaching City for their England U19 star, there have been a host of clubs linked with Aarons after a breakthrough season which saw him win the EFL Young Player of the Season award.
The 19-year-old, who signed a long-term contract through to 2023 during last season, has also been linked to Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Palace in recent months.
The Guardian again reported the link to Spurs this week, with continued rumours about England right-back Kieran Trippier being surplus to requirements under Mauricio Pochettino.
Palace are also said to be interested in Aarons as a Wan-Bissaka replacement, as they are set to be flush with fresh funds and firmly established in the top flight.
However, the Mirror's latest take on the situation is that the Canaries' resistance to any Aarons interest has led to Belgian right-back Timothy Castagne become Roy Hodgson's top right-back target, with a fee of around £20m floated for the Atalanta star.
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Most Norwich fans would hope the youngster would see a move to Palace as more of a sideways move at a key point of his career anyway, with regular Premier League action within his grasp under head coach Daniel Farke having played a key role in City's title triumph in the Championship.
Whether the Spurs interest materialises will probably depend on Trippier's situation, with Serge Aurier also on the books, and the Guardian report adds that Fulham youngster Steven Sessegnon is a target along with his brother, England U21 left-back Ryan.
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Norwich are expected to bring in competition for Aarons at right-back this summer, with Ivo Pinto having been released.
The Canaries have been linked with players including Ghana international Daniel Opare of Royal Antwerp, Peru international Luis Advincula of Mexican club Tigres and Harrison Reed of Southampton - who had a stint at right-back during his previous loan spell.
- We spoke to Aarons in an exclusive interview earlier this year, which can be watched above