Stuart Webber will allow Todd Cantwell to leave Norwich City this summer if an acceptable bid is made.
In a recent interview with the Eastern Daily Press, the Canaries sporting director revealed that he will not stand in the way of the 23-year-old’s exit if an acceptable offer is placed this summer, with Norwich believed to value the midfielder at a figure of around £30m.
The £16.2m-rated man is entering the final 12 months of his current deal at Carrow Road, with a number of Premier League clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City, Newcastle United and Leeds United, thought to be considering a move for the England U21 international.
Speaking about the interest in Cantwell, as well as the midfielder’s contract situation, Webber said: “I think we need to see what happens over the summer. That’s something we’ll look at, as and when we need to, but we’re obviously aware of it. But it’ll be important to see what happens over this summer.
“Maybe a fantastic offer comes in and he thinks, ‘you know what, I’ve got to do what’s right for me’, and I think, either way, as a club, we always look after our players.
“When the time comes and any of these guys need a new contract that they’ll get it, and they’ll be well rewarded. They know that because we’ve got a great track record of doing that. But also, if it’s time to go, it’s time to go as well and we fully respect that.”
Considering just how impressive Cantwell has been for Norwich this season, the potential of the 23-year-old leaving the club prior to their upcoming Premier League campaign is likely to leave fans gutted.
Indeed, over his 33 Championship appearances this term, Cantwell scored six goals, registered six assists and created seven big chances, as well as taking an average of two shots and making 1.6 key passes per game.
These returns saw the £25k-per-week man earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.17, ranking him as Daniel Farke’s joint fourth-best performer in the second tier, playing a key role in the Canaries’ Championship-winning jaunt.
As such, losing a player of both the goalscoring and creative ability of Cantwell ahead of what is sure to be a challenging top-flight campaign for the club would undoubtedly be a blow for Farke and fans alike, regardless of the sizeable transfer fee City would receive from the midfielder’s sale.
However, while interest does seem to be high in the player City’s German manager dubbed a “role model,” there do not seem to have been any firm offers for Cantwell just yet, something that fans will surely be hoping remains the case until the transfer window closes at the end of the summer.