Max Aarons will cost Tottenham at least £7.5 million plus bonuses if they want to sign the Norwich City defender in January as talks between the clubs get underway, according to the Telegraph.
Spurs sold Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid in the summer and failed to replace the England international with a new right-back. Serge Aurier is Mauricio Pochettino’s current preference ahead of Kyle Walker-Peters, but the Ivorian has struggled for consistency this season and reportedly could be on the move in January.
That means Tottenham will be on the lookout for a new right-back in the winter transfer window, and the Telegraph believes discussions with Norwich over a deal for Aarons have taken place.
The 19-year-old was a key player during Norwich’s promotion season last term and has already impressed in the Premier League. The Canaries signed another right-back, Sam Byram, in the summer and so it is believed they are prepared for life without Aarons.
The Telgraph’s report goes on to say that Norwich want at least 10 times the £750,000 they spent on Byram if they decide to let Aarons leave midway through the season, though manager Daniel Farke says the club is not desperate for the money.
He said: “Sometimes a player develops quicker than a club and you have to accept it if a player wants to have a bigger move and that there are bigger clubs in world football than we are.
“But there is no financial pressure on us – we don’t have to sell any player even if there is an offer of £200million. We don’t need the money to keep the club going.”
It will be interesting to see if Spurs are willing to meet Norwich’s asking price. They should be happy to pay up given Aaron’s talent and potential, but this is Daniel Levy we are talking about.