Norwich City have told Arsenal-linked Max Aarons he can leave the club this summer, but they’re likely to demand £30m for the sale.

Max Aarons of Norwich City during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Huddersfield Town at Carrow Road, Norwich, England on 6 April 2021. Copyright: Nigel Keene
Max Aarons of Norwich City during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Huddersfield Town at Carrow Road, Norwich, England on 6 April 2021. Copyright: Nigel Keene

The PA news agency report that Max Aarons has been told he can leave Norwich City this summer, fulfilling a promise they made to him last year. The club wanted to hold onto Aarons long enough to achieve promotion, which they now have done.

The right-back won’t come cheap. Norwich are likely to ask for £30m, according to the same report.

Aarons would reportedly prefer to stay in the south of England, hurting Everton’s chances of signing him – despite advanced talks with the club. But if Arsenal go for him, they’ll face competition from the likes of West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur.

CBS Sports previously reported that Aarons was one of the targets Arsenal had identified as a replacement for Hector Bellerin this summer, along with Tariq Lamptey of Brighton and Hove Albion.

Reports of interest in Lamptey have since cooled, but Bellerin still looks likely to leave, so perhaps this is all leading to an Aarons move to the Emirates Stadium.

For now, there are still no reports of any formal contact between Arsenal and Norwich.

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