Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may not have signed any new faces in the January transfer market, but he may be forced to splash the cash to sign one of his top summer targets.
What’s the word?
Max Aarons, Norwich City’s 21-year-old starlet, has emerged as a potential signing for the Red Devils.
However, Solskjaer’s side are set to face stiff competition from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, who are also said to be looking to strike a deal in the summer, according to The Daily Mail.
Woodward must act before it’s too late
But that has done little to stamp out the speculation about his future, with a whole host of clubs said to be interested, with Bayern reportedly stepping up their pursuit of the right-back, who has established himself as an integral part of Daniel Farke’s side as they attempt to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
It’s unsurprising Solskjaer wants to recruit competition for first-choice full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Aarons – who is two years his junior – fits the profile of a player who can provide both cover and long-term competition for a spot in Solskjaer’s starting XI.
A lively and energetic dribbler, the youngster can play on either wing, and has shown his effectiveness going forwards so far this season with one goal and three assists across all competitions, per Transfermarkt. By comparison, even Wan-Bissaka himself has only managed to supply two assists in the Premier League this season, implying that Aarons can provide a genuine attacking threat.
His manager’s comments ahead of his 100th appearance for Norwich City revealed just how highly he is rated by his club’s hierarchy, which suggests that he won’t come cheap. “Max is outstanding in many topics. I can’t praise him enough for what he has done since his first appearance.
“When you have the clubs interested in him who were interested it is easy to lose the ground under the feet.
“Maybe you think you know everything about football. He is always looking to work harder. Never ill, never injured. If the best clubs in the world are interested then maybe there is not that much more space to improve.”
It’s fair to say that it looks like his future will be an extremely bright one. While it remains to be seen whether he will be plying his trade at Old Trafford next term, whoever ends up acquiring his signature will have landed themselves one to watch for the future.
If Solskjaer is serious about bringing in competition for Wan-Bissaka, Ed Woodward must pull out all the stops to sign Aarons in the summer. It really is as simple as that.
Given Aarons has already had a season of Premier League football under his belt at Norwich last season, he seems like the perfect man to battle Wan-Bissaka for that right-back slot at Old Trafford.
And that in turn could help improve Wan-Bissaka’s performances as he recognises he will have competition for his starting place. Being that he’s young, English and a hugely exciting talent, Aarons ticks all the boxes for United – a report from The Telegraph back in the summer of 2019 revealed a leak email from Woodward about this being the kind of profile of signing that he wants to make with Solskjaer at the helm.
Ultimately, it would be a signing that would surely have Solskjaer buzzing.
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