Manchester United are reportedly interested in Todd Cantwell and have joined the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham in pursuit of the Norwich City playmaker.
According to Daily Mail, Todd Cantwell is in demand and the number of clubs in pursuit of the Norwich City star keeps increasing with each passing day. The January transfer window has opened and with it, the rumours have arrived of Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham being interested in the playmaker.
Todd Cantwell is reportedly valued at £30 million, which is more than fair, considering his form in the 2019-20 Premier League. The playmaker is the second highest scorer for Norwich this season and his performances have drawn interest from the bigwigs of England.
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21-year-old Cantwell started out at Norwich at the Under-10 level and has grown up with the Canaries, finally making his senior debut for the club in January, 2018. But, the 2018-19 season in Championship was where he came to life, helping Norwich win the league easily, with 7 goals to his name.
Nobody though, would have expected him to not only maintain his contribution but improve it drastically in the Premier League. In the 2019-20 season, Cantwell already has 6 goals and 2 assists to his name with a little less than half the season still left. No wonder the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are keen.
Tottenham could be in serious need of recruits, with injuries coming in fast. Jose Mourinho’s squad looks light in midfield and could use a player of the technical ability combined with the work-rate that Cantwell exhibits on the field.
Manchester United are looking at multiple options and seem to have added Cantwell to their ever-growing list of potential targets. Cantwell is young, English, technically adept, able to provide goals from midfield and has a good work-rate; meaning he fits the profile of players Manchester United are looking to bring in.
Manchester City have always found themselves trying to plan ahead of time and bringing in someone like Cantwell could prove to be a good buffer for when David Silva hangs up his boots. Cantwell is 21 and can be moulded even further under a manager in Pep Guardiola that would suit his playing style perfectly.
The problem, or rather the positive for Norwich lies in the fact that Cantwell is contracted to the Canaries till 2022, which means Norwich have the upper hand in any potential negotiations with interested clubs.
Also, Cantwell is only in his first Premier League season and would love to remain a key player of a setup like Norwich, provided they stay up, rather than join a big club where he wouldn’t get as much game time. It’s often difficult to say ‘NO’ to a big club, but there have been recent cases wherein players have chosen minutes over stature or money. It will be interesting to see in which direction Cantwell sways.