Everton have been dealt a potentially huge blow in their pursuit of Max Aarons after Daniel Farke questioned why the defender would leave Norwich City.
Via quotes by The Pink Un, Farke has insisted that he can only see Aarons leaving Carrow Road at the end of the season to join one of Europe’s elite clubs after Norwich clinched their return to the Premier League.
Aarons has been heavily linked with a potential move to Everton this summer with Carlo Ancelotti on the hunt for his long-term Seamus Coleman successor, and is reportedly keen on a move to Goodison Park.
But a deal for the right-back is expected to cost any suitor around £30m, which the Toffees are reluctant to pay despite believing Aarons has the potential to deliver a similar impact to that seen from Ben Godfrey since he made the move from Norfolk in October.
Aarons has previously been linked with Manchester United and Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. FC Barcelona also explored a deal last year and agreed personal terms with the England U21 international, but Norwich blocked the loan transfer due to the lack of an obligation to buy.
Farke is adamant that it is those sort of clubs Aarons should be striving to join, otherwise it would be a mistake to leave Norwich where he is loved and trusted by staff, teammates and fans.
“If I walk in his shoes it makes no sense to travel to a different club where he might be able to earn a few more pounds,” the Canaries boss said. “In the end, it makes no sense to move to a club in Germany or Spain who play for position 10 in the table or right here a team in England playing for position 14.
“My gut feeling is it makes no sense at his age to move somewhere where he is a backup. For me, he has the potential and quality to play for the best clubs in the world. Either a top club in England or a top-four club in Germany or Spain.”
Farke’s comments will likely come as a huge blow to Everton amid their rumoured interest in Aarons, as the Norwich right-back will no doubt be considering the same topics as his head coach mentioned when he assesses his situation at the end of the season.
Aarons would be foolish not to consider whether he will be the starter or not at whichever side he plays for next term, and will be certain to have his choice of suitors with West Ham United the latest club to be linked with David Moyes planning for the Irons’ future.
Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be interested, despite the sacking of Jose Mourinho, while AS Roma weighed up an approach in January for the 21-year-old who has been a fixture of Farke’s plans as Norwich sealed their immediate return to the top-flight.
Ancelotti would be gutted to miss out on Aarons to one of the Toffees’ various rival suitors by failing to offer him the first-choice position at Goodison Park ahead of Coleman next season, despite the 32-year-old proving he can still offer a lot with his recent performances.
What will be of comfort to the Italian is that Fabrizio Romano has claimed Everton are leading the race and hope to reach an agreement soon after holding advanced negotiations with Norwich, who are expected to keep to an agreement with Aarons that he will be sold.
The Canaries allegedly told Aarons – who Alex McLeish feels would be an “excellent” replacement for Coleman – that he could leave Carrow Road in 2021 if he stayed for the current season, it just remains to be seen if he still wishes to leave or join the Toffees.