Arsenal have set their sights on 21-year-old Norwich City defender Max Aarons amid uncertainty surrounding the future of Hector Bellerin.
According to an exclusive report by 90 min, Max Aarons is being considered by Arsenal over a move in the summer transfer window. The 21-year-old Norwich City defender could be a long-term replacement for Hector Bellerin, who could leave the Premier League giants ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Max Aarons is widely regarded as one of the most promising young full-backs plying their trade in the Premier League. A part of the Norwich City setup since 2016, the Englishman has been one of their better performers since breaking into the first-team squad in 2018 and is coming off the back of an impressive 2020/21 campaign, with two goals and five assists in 47 appearances.
The progress shown by 21-year-old over the last few years has also piqued the interest of several top clubs across Europe. In the Premier League, heavyweights like Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have been tailing him, while clubs like Bayern Munich and Barcelona have been keen on signing him as well. The latest suitor for Aarons are from England, with Arsenal interested.
Arsenal are set to bolster their defence this summer by signing Ben White while left-back is one of their priorities as well amid the absence of a viable backup to Kieran Tierney. However, signing a top-class right-back could well be the need of the hour for the Gunners soon.
That is because Hector Bellerin is facing an uncertain future at the Emirates, with Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and a few others showing an interest in him. Bellerin’s departure would beget the addition of a right-back for Arsenal, with Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers being the only other options at Mikel Arteta’s disposal to replace the Spaniard.
To that end, Arsenal have been linked with Jonjoe Kenny, among others, with Aarons a viable target as well. However, as per the report, the north Londoners are simply keeping tabs on the 21-year-old full-back, who is set to feature in the Premier League once again this season, one way or another.
What now remains to be seen is if Arsenal end up launching the offensive for the Norwich defender anytime soon. One would imagine that Arsenal would dip their toes in the market for a right-back in the scenario that Bellerin leaves. It will be interesting to see if the Spaniard stays put at the Emirates or seeks a fresh adventure instead.