This season saw Norwich City fail to stay in the Premier League, meaning they will now spend the next campaign back in the Championship.
Consequently, the Canaries’ demotion to England’s second-tier is expected to see them lose at least one of their best players.
Since his arrival from Luton back in 2016, full-back Max Aarons, 22, has been a standout performer for the North East side.
Continually playing a major role in the club’s first-team plans, Aarons’ two seasons’ worth of experience in the Premier League has seen him emerge as a genuine candidate to move to one of the country’s biggest clubs, including the Red Devils.
The Canaries will probably consider themselves lucky to have kept hold of the 22-year-old as long as they have after majority shareholder Delia Smith previously hinted a transfer could be on the cards.
“They’ve got a nice temperament and Max Aarons is one of the best,” Smith told the FT Business of Football summit last year (as quoted by Pinkun).
“He is going to be one of the top footballers and it won’t be at Norwich.
“He knows that, we know that. But we didn’t have any problem with Max or his parents on this particular occasion and this particular deal. Obviously, we will lose him, but that is part of our plan.”
Max Aarons to Man United?
The latest in the ongoing saga comes from Football League World, who claim the Canaries could be ready to admit defeat when it comes to the possibility of retaining Aarons and are now considering negotiating a player swap deal with Man United.
The outlet suggests that Norwich City are keen on Red Devils’ full-back Ethan Laird and that could pave the way for both clubs to come to an agreement that would see the 20-year-old trade places with Aarons.
Considering that Aarons still has two years left on his deal and Laird has failed to become a senior regular for the Red Devils, if both clubs were to agree a swap deal, it would be fair to assume that the 20-times league winners will also be expected to pay a fee.