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Norwich should let reported Spurs & Borrusia Dortmund target go, but at the end of the season – opinion

Norwich City may be propping up the Premier League table, but they have one of the most exciting young squads in the division, who have played some incredibly attractive football under manager Daniel Farke. The Canaries lack the resources to survive in the top-flight as it stands, but they have reportedly had an offer they should not refuse, which could transform their entire squad. Sky Sports have suggested that Borussia Dortmund and Spurs are interested in signing right-back Max Aarons for £30m.

However, the Canaries should either accept the offer and have the player immediately loaned back to the club, similarly to how Chelsea acquired Christian Pulisic, or hold out until the summer if they feel they can get a better deal. At this moment in their season, Farke cannot afford to let the right-back leave, especially with such a limited period to find a replacement for one of their best players.

Aarons has not hit the same heights this season as he did in the Championship where he averaged a contribution to a goal every five games, scoring twice, alongside providing six assists. At just 20-years-old the step up the Premier League was always going to be a challenge, but the host of clubs linked with the right-back suggests he has the potential to operate at an elite level.

While Norwich City cannot afford to lose Aarons now, it would also be incredibly damaging if they were to let his value drop. To a club with their resources £30m would make a monumental difference, and the last time they made a similar profit on one of their assets, James Maddison’s sale to Leicester City, the £20m they profited got them promoted through shrewd investment.

With it appearing almost inevitable the Farke’s side will return to the Championship, £30m from the sale of Aarons would go a long way to ensuring they make an immediate return to the top-flight. Furthermore, Dortmund or Spurs still get the player they have been after, but with an entire Premier League season under his belt.

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L P
1 Liverpool 23 22 1 0 67
2 Manchester City 24 16 3 5 51
3 Leicester City 24 15 3 6 48
4 Chelsea 24 12 4 8 40
5 Manchester United 24 9 7 8 34
6 Tottenham Hotspur 24 9 7 8 34
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 8 10 6 34
8 Sheffield United 24 8 9 7 33
9 Southampton 24 9 4 11 31
10 Arsenal 24 6 12 6 30
11 Crystal Palace 24 7 9 8 30
12 Everton 24 8 6 10 30
13 Burnley 24 9 3 12 30
14 Newcastle United 24 8 6 10 30
15 Brighton & Hov… 24 6 7 11 25
16 Aston Villa 24 7 4 13 25
17 West Ham United 23 6 5 12 23
18 AFC Bournemouth 24 6 5 13 23
19 Watford 24 5 8 11 23
20 Norwich City 24 4 5 15 17

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