Leeds United-linked Cantwell could move for free despite £40m valuation
Todd Cantwell, who was heavily linked with a Leeds over the summer could move away from Norwich for free in order to fulfil his hopes of a move.
The Norwich playmaker was linked with a number of clubs over the summer, with Leeds being one of the more likely suitors.
Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Sheth believes it would take a considerable fee to allow Norwich to let Cantwell go.
“I am told it would take a significant offer for Norwich to even consider a sale for Cantwell in this transfer window,” he said on The Transfer Show (via Leeds Live).
“I have heard figures upward of £40m and £50m before Norwich would consider a sale of Cantwell.”
However, it has been reported that Cantwell does not want to accept a new contract offer with his boyhood club, via Caught Offside.
In the last year of his contract, Cantwell would be free to negotiate with clubs in the coming months. Leeds’s squad remains surprisingly thin despite their heroics last season.
As such, the signing would bolster their ranks, and aid them in staving off the dreaded second season syndrome.
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Daniel James has not had the impact Leeds would have hoped so far. He is yet to score or register an assist in five appearances for the Whites. Cantwell would be a welcome signing in the attacking areas and has proven himself in the top flight previously.
Leeds would be in a battle with plenty of top flight sides to sign Cantwell. Liverpool and Arsenal are apparently interested in the classy attacker.
However, the Englishman would be more likely to be a key member of the Whites squad. Conversely, Liverpool and Arsenal have greater strength in depth in the final third and Cantwell would likely be confined to a fringe role initially.
Leeds want big fee for Raphinha
Leeds winger Raphinha has set the footballing world alight of late. The Brazilian has contributed to four goals in his three national team appearances.
As such, he has caught the eye of many teams, including English giants Liverpool. Though he would command a considerable fee were he to move on from Leeds, according to his agent Deco.
“I think today he’s worth more than €32m,” said Deco. “What will determine the price is the level of the club that signs him.
“If it’s Manchester United, City, Liverpool, Chelsea, the price could reach around €60m. What determines the price of a player is the market he hits.”
Unfortunately for Leeds fans, it appears increasingly likely Elland Road will wind up being a mere stepping stone in Raphinha’s career.
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