EXCLUSIVE: Man Utd overtaken as PL rivals prepare flying full-back bid

Date published: Thursday 31st December 2020 1:12 - Matthew Briggs

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Championship promotion-hopefuls Norwich City face a battle to hang onto full-back Max Aarons beyond January.

The England Under-21 international was a target for both Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the summer as they assessed their options at right-back. The European giants both recognised Aarons as one of the best young full-backs in Europe.

Manchester City have also been keen admirers of Aarons, who many thought would depart in 2020. Former team-mate Jamal Lewis left for Newcastle following Norwich’s relegation from the Premier League, but Aarons sat tight.

Interest from Manchester is understood to remain but not from City, but from United, although TEAMtalk understands that one of the main admirers of the 20-year-old is Everton.

The Toffees believe now is the right time to be finding Seamus Coleman’s long-term successor, despite his return to form.

Coleman, 32, is out of contract in June 2022 and Carlo Ancelotti is looking for a long-term replacement.

Everton have taken a keen interest in Norwich in the last two years which saw them spot summer signing Ben Godfrey and also scout Todd Cantwell. But at the same time they have compiled an impressive array of reports on Aarons.




Now The Toffees are ready to make contact with Norwich about a possible January deal, but they are not alone.

It is believed Norwich would consider a deal for Aarons early in the New Year, but would like him to remain at the club to finish the season.

That would involve a loan back to Carrow Road in a bid to help the Canaries get promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Everton in for Bremer

Meanwhile, Liverpool are in a transfer battle with Everton for the signing of Torino defender Gleison Bremer, according to one Italian journalist.

The Premier League champions are currently suffering from a shortage of senior options at the back. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are both out with long-term injuries, and Joel Matip has also suffered regular setbacks.

It has left Jurgen Klopp scrambling for reinforcements. So far, he has turned to academy graduates like Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams.

However, some pundits have warned that not making a signing in January to address their absences in defence would be a major gamble in their effort to retain their title.

Therefore, reports continue to link the club with a number of defenders – even if the message from the club is that they are not looking to make signings.

The latest name to emerge as an option is Bremer. The Brazilian has impressed for Torino in Serie A over the past couple of seasons.

Liverpool were linked with Bremer earlier this month. If that interest was genuine, it appears it remains.

According to Matteo Pedrosi of Corriere Granata, Liverpool are still keen on Bremer. They have apparently identified him as someone who could cover for their absences.



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