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Norwich City are demanding £25 million for attacking midfielder Todd Cantwell amid interest from Leeds United, as per the Sun’s Alan Nixon.
The 22-year-old has been linked with a move to Elland Road for several weeks now, however this latest valuation of the midfielder is seemingly keeping the Whites at bay as the transfer deadline edges ever closer.
So, what do you make of this valuation of Cantwell? Fair?
The team here at FLW discuss….
It seems a lot but it probably is fair in today’s market.
Cantwell is only 22-years-old and he showed that he can deliver in the Premier League after a very good individual season last time out, where he managed six goals. When you add in his undoubted ability on the ball and his potential to improve, Norwich are right to demand a big fee.
Obviously, I could understand a reluctance to pay that as the attacking midfielder is by no means the finished product and it is a significant fee. However, the going rate for proven Championship players is in excess of £20m now and Cantwell has played, and done well, at a higher level as well.
So, Norwich are right to hold out for that as they have a very exciting talent on their hands that could make that amount look a bargain if he goes on to fulfil his potential.
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It’s probably a little bit over-priced for me.
Cantwell is a hugely promising player, and did impress in the Premier League last season, at such a young age, he does have a strong re-sale potential, so he certainly shouldn’t be available on the cheap as such.
However, this does feel like a lot to ask for a player who is still relatively inexperienced, and it could be a risk for clubs to spend that much on him as a result, particularly Leeds when you consider the amount they have already spent across the course of the summer window so far.
That being said, with two years remaining on his contract at Carrow Road, Norwich are not really under any pressure to sell Cantwell this summer, so they are entitled to demand a big fee for a player who they understandably view as a key part of their squad going forward this season.
Absolutely not – It’s way over what Cantwell is worth.
The midfielder is a very good player, I’m not denying that, but £25m? That’s scandalous. He only scored six goals and registered two assists last year in the Premier League.
For me, I’d go no higher than £15m. You can have add-ons and other incentives on top of that, but that initial fee should be the ballpark for Cantwell.
In many ways, he’s still really unproven and, if you look at Leeds’ squad, he’d only arrive as cover anyway. £25m would just be ridiculous.
I can’t see this interest going any further now.