Aston Villa must surely make a move for Norwich starlet Max Aarons this summer after a major transfer update on his situation.
Reports in recent weeks and months have suggested that Dean Smith’s side are one of a number of clubs interested in signing the England U21 international, and now there has been a major update on his future.
According to The Telegraph (via The EDP), the Canaries are expected to demand a fee of around £30m to part ways with one of their prized assets, with European giants Milan and AS Roma the latest sides to be credited with an interest in the full-back.
Canaries boss Daniel Farke has spoken glowingly about the £18m-rated gem this season, saying: “Max is outstanding in many topics. I can’t praise him enough for what he has done since his first appearance. You watch some of our games now and the opponents go man-for-man on him. That is crazy for a player who is a full-back but it says a lot about his reputation. He is just a special player and he has an unbelievable future.”
While a record of one goal and three assists in 38 Championship games this season is hardly something to write home about, that just doesn’t tell the whole story of Aarons’ influence on this Norwich side.
As per Whoscored, the full-back ranks fourth in the entire Canaries squad for key passes per game this campaign with 1.3, and his tally of 1.4 dribbles per match ranks him third.
Then, when you factor in that he has played every single minute in the Championship this season, you can clearly see just how much of a reliable and effective performer he is for Farke.
Given his attacking exploits from full-back and the fact he’s one of those players who just plays week-in and week-out, Aarons just seems like the kind of golden signing that Smith would surely love at Villa Park.