Everton are said to be weighing up a summer move for Norwich City right back Max Aarons, with Sky Sports and several other publications reporting on the story in the past week or so.
An England under-21 international, Aarons is amongst the best young players operating outside of the Premier League at present and would no doubt command a considerable fee in the current market if and when he does indeed leave Carrow Road.
The club’s joint majority shareholder Delia Smith has previously admitted in more recent times that the defender is likely to leave the Canaries at some point in the future as he is destined for bigger things.
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Here, we take a look at the situation involving Aarons and Everton as speculation continues to mount over his future at the Norfolk club.
What do we know so far?
Aarons has long been linked with a move away from Norwich, dating back to last summer’s transfer window with Barcelona having most recently failed with a January offer for the 21-year-old.
The Championship leaders are said to be holding out for a fee of between £30 to £35 million, with other clubs such as Bayern Munich, Manchester United and AS Roma all said to have joined the Toffees in the race for the player’s services.
A product of the club’s successful academy system, the defender currently has three years remaining on his current deal with Norwich, meaning that they are seemingly in no rush to sell right now.
Is it likely to happen?
If the price is right, you would have to feel that this deal is a goer, particularly with the ageing Seamus Coleman reaching the final year of his contract at Goodison Park.
Aarons will no doubt also look to the successful spell that his former Norwich teammate Ben Godfrey has had on Merseyside as a real pro for making the move to a club which has ambitions of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.
However as mentioned previously, the Canaries are in no rush to sell their best players, so for that matter the fee would have to be something that they simply can’t turn down in order for this deal to take place this summer.