Manchester United will have to pay £35m if they want to land a defensive target this summer, while a Liverpool midfield target has no interest in signing – both in Thursday’s Paper Talk.
NORWICH SET MAX AARONS PRICE
The England Under-21 international looked to be on his way out of Carrow Road after the Canaries were relegated last season. However, the club namaged to keep hold of one of theeir prized assets.
Tottenham and Bayern Munich were the main suitors back then, with Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber hinting at interest from the Bundesliga giants earlier this year.
“The only interest was in Max. No other players,” said Webber.
“We decided not to act on that interest, with Max’s blessing I must add, because it was from abroad and wouldn’t have been quite right for him and definitely wasn’t right for us at that time. ‘It was about keeping the squad together.’
However, while Aarons was always keen on staying put, Norwich know their chances of him remaining again depend largely on winning promotion back to the top flight.
At this stage that looks pretty good, with Daniel Farke’s men seven points clear at the top of the Championship.
Roma bid already rejected
The Sun claims that Norwich have already rejected a £20m offer from Roma, as they wait on their promotion fate.
The Canaries believe they can get as much as £35m for the full-back, who wants to remain in England.
That is likely to put United at the front of the queue, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanting to bring in more competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
The Red Devils boss wants a more attacking option to call on, as Wan-Bissaka struggles with that side of his game.
That has already worked well in the left-back position, where Luke Shaw has excelled after the club signed Alex Telles as competition for the England defender.
As for the Canries, recouping as much as £35m for Aarons would allow them to strengthen other areas of their team, assuming the do go back up again this season.
LIVERPOOL DISAPPOINTED IN MIDFIELDER CHASE
Youri Tielemans has left European giants like Liverpool gutted by pledging his long-term future to Leicester City. (The Sun)
Alan Pardew says he took the plunge into Bulgarian football because for once he fancied fighting for silverware instead of survival. (The Sun)
Manchester United are ready to hijack Liverpool’s plans to make a big for Leeds forward Raphinha. (Daily Star)
Manchester United could be offered the chance to sign Eintracht Frankfurt star Andre Silva. But only if Edinson Cavani leaves the club. (Daily Star)
West Ham are keen to bring Manchester United outcasts Dean Henderson and Jesse Lingard to the London Stadium on a permanent basis this summer. (Daily Star)
Steve Clarke has emerged as a frontrunner to succeed Neil Lennon at Celtic. (Daily Telegraph)
MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP
West Ham will face competition from Leicester if they move to sign Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal this summer. (Daily Express)
Liverpool are reportedly growing more concerned that Jordan Henderson’s season could be over following his groin injury against Everton. (Daily Express)
Marcus Rashford is at the centre of a multimillion-pound scramble as the world’s leading sportswear giants try to prise him away from Nike. (Daily Mail)
Sunderland will attempt to sign Wolves’ English defender Dion Sanderson on a permanent basis this summer. (Daily Mail)
Cardiff City have accused Nantes of backdating a cheque to obscure the fact they owned Emiliano Sala. (Daily Mail)
Chelsea have more belief and a renewed confidence under Thomas Tuchel, says Edouard Mendy. (Daily Mirror)
Huddersfield Town are hopeful they can finalise a deal for former Everton striker Oumar Niasse. (Yorkshire Live)
John Kennedy is the odds on favourite to become the next Celtic manager. (Scottish Sun)
Shamed Rangers trio Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey and Bongani Zungu could all be free to face Livingston next week despite being fined by cops for a recent high-profile Covid rule breach. (Daily Record)