Manchester United have been given a boost in their pursuit to sign Norwich City’s full-back Max Aarons this summer. According to reports, Bayern Munich are set to withdraw their interest in Aarons. That leaves Manchester United and Premier League rival Everton in a transfer fight to land the 21-year-old right-bcak this summer.
Aarons has been ever-present at the back for Norwich City this season. He has played every minute of the Canaries Championship campaign so far this season. And has scored one goal in the process.
The Englishman was not short of suitors last summer. FC Barcelona came very close to signing him. But they were put off by Aarons’ price tag and had to settle with American international Serginho Dest. Bayern Munich were also eyeing a move for Aarons, but the deal never materialized.
Manchester United were keen on signing him in the January transfer window. But Norwich City decided to keep hold of their prized asset in their bid to return to the Premier League next season.
Bayern Munich end interest in Aarons
According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Bayern Munich have ended their interest in Max Aarons. He tweeted to give an update on Aarons’ future, where he mentioned Bayern are not convinced by Norwich City’s asking price of £35 million for Aarons.
That tweet came after German journalist Christian Falk said in an interview the same about Bayern’s stance on Max Aarons.
The German club tried to sign Aarons last summer as well. But Norwich manager Daniel Farke rejected any move for the Englishman. Bayern ultimately signed Bouna Sarr on loan. But they will look for alternatives this summer.
Bayern ending their interest in Aarons is good news for Manchester United and Everton. Both Premier League clubs are looking to sign a new right-back this summer and Aarons top their priority list in that position.
Manchester United and Everton go for Aarons
Manchester United have identified four positions to strengthen in the coming transfer window. The positions are centre-back, central defensive midfield, right-wing, and right-back. And manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees Max Aarons as an ideal player for his right-back position.
The arrival of Alex Telles this summer has seen in the form of first-choice left-back Luke Shaw take another step forward. And Solskjaer wants similar and much-needed competition for his first-choice right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The former Crystal Palace man has limited attacking ability. He’s rarely able to take advantage of the space ahead of him. So someone like Max Aarons would be an interesting signing.
As for Everton, they are in dire need of a right-back. Seamus Coleman is now 32 and about to enter the last season of his current contract. Jonjoe Kenny is currently on-loan at Celtic and is likely to leave Goodison Park in the summer. Mason Holgate is a good option at right-back, but his future lies in the centre of defence. Aaron’s former Norwich City teammate Ben Godfrey has deputised at right-back. But the Toffees need a specialist in that position.
Aarons has a tough choice to make. Whether he wants to play regular first-team Premier League football at Everton or play second fiddle for a much bigger club like Manchester United.