Norwich City right-back Max Aarons has reportedly been identified as a potential target for Manchester United in the summer transfer window.
Manchester United may not have signed many players in the January transfer window, but according to ESPN, they are already planning ahead for a busy summer, with Max Aarons emerging as one of the options. The young right-back’s situation at Norwich City is being closely monitored, though the player still has a healthy three-year contract at the club.
It appears Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on reinforcing the right-back unit, especially following the departure of Timothy Fosu-Mensah. The young defender joined Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, becoming one of several players, including Jesse Lingard, to leave Old Trafford in January.
Fosu-Mensah’s departure has left Solskjaer devoid of any natural alternatives for Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the right-back position. The Red Devils do have Diogo Dalot loaned to AC Milan. But, the Rossoneri‘s potential triumph in Serie A this campaign could make it difficult for Manchester United to keep hold of the Portuguese defender, who feels at home in Italy.
That is where Aarons comes into the picture. The Norwich City right-back has been the subject of interest from Premier League clubs for quite some time now, having made an impression during the 2019/20 campaign in the Premier League, even though the Canaries were relegated to the Championship.
A product of the Norwich academy, Aarons’s attacking prowess and an ability to provide offensive support to his teammate should combine well with the more defensive nature of Wan-Bissaka. It will ultimately add another dimension to Manchester United’s right-back department, channelling the same method the club used on the opposite flank, with the summer arrival of Alex Telles.
The arrival of the Brazilian full-back has evidently helped Luke Shaw improve his performances. Now, Solskjaer will be hoping for a similar scenario on the opposite flank and coax the out best of Wan-Bissaka, even though the Englishman has emerged as one of the club’s best performing players in the ongoing campaign, helping Manchester United mount a title challenge for the first time since 2013.
In the meantime, however, Norwich are leading the Championship and their direct promotion to the Premier League could significantly affect Aarons’s overall valuation. It might not bode well for a Manchester United, who are expected to sanction a number of transfers in the summer, so it will be interesting to see whether the Red Devils shift their attention to potential alternatives during the course of the campaign.