According to The Athletic, Liverpool have intensified their interest in Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell.
The outlet reports that the Reds’ staff were impressed with the 21-year-old in their match at Carrow Road on Saturday in which Jurgen Klopp’s side ran out 1-0 winners.
Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United are also keen, but the Anfield outfit can now be considered as the front-runners. As per The Athletic: “Regardless of whether they are relegated from the top flight, Norwich would likely seek around £30 million for the England Under-21 international, who has six goals and two assists in 27 games.”
Cantwell has done well in the Premier League so far this season. Only Teemu Pukki, with 11, has scored more than his six goals in the top tier this term for Norwich – in fact, he is the only player other than the Finland international to score more than once.
Against Liverpool, he was impressive, making two key passes, winning 10 out of his 14 ground duels, whilst also winning five fouls and making four tackles. Having been compared to James Maddison, Jack Grealish and even a former Barcelona playmaker, with Chris Sutton labelling him the “Dereham Deco”, he has the ability to make it at the top.
In all fairness, though, it is hard to see how he could be worth £30m, and it is even more difficult to imagine the Reds parting with such a sum for the England U21 international.
Recently, Melissa Reddy of The Independent wrote that Liverpool only value Kai Havertz of Bayer Leverkusen, who has been priced at upwards of £80m by Die Werkself, at around half of that.
Irrespective of whether the Canaries find themselves relegated to the second division of the English footballing pyramid, Cantwell will likely be in the Premier League next season anyway – he has shown too much quality to not be.
However, Liverpool may be a fanciful destination – in a few years, it may be a different story.