Norwich City mainstay Smith says it is inevitable that Manchester United and Bayern Munich target will leave Canaries
Norwich City is a club that looks destined to bounce back to the Premier League at the first sign of asking.
They top the Sky Bet Championship table and are four points ahead of nearest rivals Brentford.
They managed to keep the bulk of their players from last season’s Premier League campaign and one of those is the much-fancied Max Aarons.
However, majority shareholder Delia Smith admits in an address to the FT Business of Football that his undoubted promise won’t be ultimately seen at Norwich City.
Max Aarons – young star in the making
Aarons is definitely a young man in demand. Premier League side Manchester United have been linked in the past as have continental giants Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
The Daily Mail’s Simon Jones links the three football giants in a recent article where he says that Bundesliga side Bayern Munich were “stepping up their pursuit” of the Canaries youngster.
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21-year-old, London-born Aarons has made 115 appearances for the senior side at Carrow Road since stepping into the first-team picture.
As well as the impressive performances that he has shown, he has also scored four goals and provided 11 assists. One of those goals and three of those assists have come in 30 Championship appearances this campaign.
Smith says Aarons will be cooking up a storm but not at Norwich
Canaries majority owner, celebrity cook Delia Smith, was speaking to the FT Business of Football summit and commented on youngster Aarons as part of her address.
On him she said:
“Luckily, because of this wonderful team behind the scenes, we have some really lovely players.
“They’ve got a nice temperament and Max Aarons is one of the best. He is going to be one of the top footballers and it won’t be at Norwich.”
Admitting that might come as a shock to Norwich City fans reading her words, but it isn’t defeatism. Smith points show a sense of realism in regard to Aarons’ future.
She added later in her address:
“He knows that, we know that. But we didn’t have any problem with Max or his parents on this particular occasion and this particular deal [the Barcelona move that fell through in the summer]. Obviously, we will lose him, but that is part of our plan.”
Should Canaries youngster Aarons keep up his impressive displays, it is likely that one of the three mentioned sides won’t blink at the £30-35m asking price that Norwich are thought to be demanding.
It’s a given.
Not if Canaries gain PL promotion.