Stuart Webber has told a number of the Norwich City stars that they will be sold for the right price this summer.
That’s according to Grant Holt, who, in a recent interview with Football League World, revealed that Webber has a clear valuation of each Norwich player in his mind, and, if their asking price is met, they will be sold without hesitation.
He said: “Stuart has always come out and said exactly the same thing; ‘If the price is right for the football club, they’ll leave. If it isn’t, we don’t need to sell.’ That’s the same argument.
“He tells the players that. He has conversations with these players, he tells them, ‘This is the deal, this is how it needs to go down, if that deal comes in then we’ll shake hands and thank you for everything you’ve done and it’s over to you now’.
“If money comes in for them and it’s right, I’ve got no doubt Stuart will shake [a player’s] hand go ‘thank you very much, it’s too much to turn down’.”
Following a highly impressive campaign in the Championship, with the Canaries’ all but certain of winning the league title, there is understandably a great amount of interest in a number of the club’s stars this summer.
Over the course of the season, Emi Buendia has been reported to have attracted the interest of clubs such as Arsenal, Aston Villa, and Liverpool, Todd Cantwell has been thought to be a target of both Aston Villa and Leeds United, Max Aarons has been eyed by Arsenal, Everton, and West Ham United and interest in Teemu Pukki, who was the target of a number of Premier League clubs last summer, is likely to be high once again this time around following another stellar goalscoring campaign.
As such, while it would appear an extremely unlikely scenario that Norwich would receive an offer of £30 million for each of Aarons and Cantwell in addition to a £40 million bid for Buendia this summer – the reported asking prices of the three players in question – in the event that they do, Daniel Farke could be leading his side out on the opening day of the Premier League season without three of his most influential players.
And, while the argument could be made that Norwich would easily be able to fund moves for replacements for their outgoing stars, the potential incoming signings would undoubtedly take a little while to bed in as they adjusted to the club, which could prove disastrous for City’s hopes of top-flight survival next term.