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Man Utd tipped to solve right-back headache by rivalling Everton for Norwich star Max Aarons

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A journalist has backed Manchester United to replace Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka by beating Everton to the signing of Norwich City’s Max Aarons.

The right-back has regularly been linked with a move away from Carrow Road. In recent seasons, he has proven he is able to cut it in the Premier League and that he is too good for the Championship.

Despite Norwich being open to a sale at the right price, Aarons has remained with the Canaries.

Everton reportedly have plans to alter that. As per The Scottish Sun, Frank Lampard wants to change his options on the right side of defence.

He is hoping to loan Nathan Patterson out to a Championship side. This will create space for Aarons in his squad, with a bid apparently in the works.

However, the Toffees could face competition from Manchester United for the England U21 international. That’s because the Red Devils have been tipped to move for him too.

Melissa Reddy of Sky Sports thinks United may try and sign Aarons in the current transfer window to solve their right-back problem.

United have previously kept tabs on the defender’s development, but this has never led to an offer. That could change this summer, though.

Max Aarons to solve Man Utd issue

United have strengthened Erik ten Hag’s options at left-back by capturing Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord. The 22-year-old Dutchman cost £14.7m, according to reports.

Malacia will compete with Luke Shaw for a starting spot, while Alex Telles has joined Sevilla on loan. However, United have done little to improve Ten Hag’s right-back options.

Wan-Bissaka is good defensively but lacks threat in the attacking third, hence why Ralf Rangnick went with Dalot instead. But Dalot still probably isn’t good enough for United if they want to get back into the top four and ultimately win major trophies.

There is also an argument to be made that Aarons isn’t good enough for the Manchester outfit. However, the Englishman has higher potential than Dalot and can defend as well as attack.

At 22, he has plenty of time to develop into a top full-back. Plus, he is the right profile of player Ten Hag wants to transform things at Old Trafford.

Norwich have previously put a £40m price tag on Aarons’ head. It’s unclear how much they value him at now, but with two years remaining on his contract United will not be able to land him on the cheap.

Aarons would likely welcome a United transfer if they began discussions with him and Norwich. He appears ready to take the next step in his career after four years in the Norwich senior squad.

This is a rumour which is still in its infancy. However, Aarons is one of the players who could be targeted if United make a new right-back their priority in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, Adrien Rabiot is keen on joining Ten Hag at the Theatre of Dreams but a key demand is slowing the move down.