Aston Villa have made contact and are in discussions with Norwich City over a deal for Todd Cantwell, Football Insider report.
The Lowdown: Grealish’s exit
As we now know, Jack Grealish is no longer an Aston Villa player. He became the most expensive signing by a British club, joining Manchester City in a deal worth £100m.
Sky Sports believed Villa were expected to pursue Cantwell if Grealish left, and it seems as if they are doing just that.
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According to Football Insider, who were informed by a Villa source, the club are working on a deal for the 23-year-old.
Discussions are ongoing, so contact has been made, with Villa keen to make Cantwell their fourth big-money signing of the summer after Emiliano Buendia, Leon Bailey and Danny Ings.
The Verdict: Good planning
Villa, as Christian Purslow admitted, have planned for Grealish’s exit, and it appears as if Cantwell, who has 15 assists to his name in his fledgling senior career, is their main attacking midfield target.
It’s good to see that Villa are already acting on bringing in a replacement, but it could take upwards of £40-£50m to sign the Norwich man.
You’d expect Villa would want to secure a deal relatively quickly with the new season just around the corner, so there could well be significant developments over the weekend on what has the potential to be a second record signing of the summer at Villa Park.
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