According to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United are one of the sides eyeing a summer move for Norwich City starlet Max Aarons.
It’s claimed that the Red Devils remain interested in the right-back, although no agreement has been reached with either the player himself or his representatives.
European heavyweights Bayern Munich and Premier League rivals Everton have also been mooted with interest in the 21-year-old defender.
Aarons has been directly involved in four goal contributions (one goal and three assists) in 34 matches across all competitions for the Canaries so far this season, per Transfermarkt.
After breaking into the first team from the academy at the start of the 2018-19 season, Romano has now revealed that Norwich are holding out for at least €35m (£30m) for their highly-rated right-back.
It’s no secret Solskjaer wants to strengthen his defensive reinforcements to shore up his leaky back-line as they have shipped 32 goals in the Premier League this season amid links to a number of high-profile centre-backs including Jules Kounde and Sergio Ramos.
Aarons could be considered a contender to fill the back-up berth recently vacated by the freshly-departed Diogo Dalot, who has spent the entirety of this campaign on loan at AC Milan until the end of the season.
The 21-year-old has been deemed surplus to requirements by Solskjaer and left Old Trafford for the San Siro in search of regular game time.
It’s fair to say that Aarons, who has played at least 14 more games than the Portuguese this season, would be a major upgrade and should be signed at all costs this summer.
The England U21 international, who is currently rated at £18m via Transfermarkt, has been in sublime form for the Championship league leaders – indeed, according to WhoScored, a match rating of 6.86 sees him ranked ninth out of the entire Norwich squad.
By comparison, Dalot has only averaged a mere 6.61 match rating in the Serie A this season, as he has struggled to impress for the Rossoneri.
By the numbers, Aarons is clearly levels above his Portuguese counterpart in terms of his attacking output, as he is currently averaging more dribbles (1.2) and key passes (1.3) per 90 in the Championship.
The English full-back has also shown a fine sense of positional awareness as he boasts an impressive average of 1.8 clearances per game, via WhoScored, which in turn is better than that of Dalot, who has only managed 1.7 clearances per game.
Solskjaer desperately needs to sign a new right-back to provide competition and cover for first-choice starter Aaron Wan-Bissaka and the Norwich starlet should, therefore, be at the top of his list of transfer targets in the summer.
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