Aston Villa are closing in on signing Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell, according to Football Insider.
The Lowdown: Cantwell profiled
Cantwell progressed through Norwich’s youth system and penned professional terms in 2018. Since then, the 23-year-old has made 102 appearances for the club, scoring 14 times and registering 12 assists.
The 5 foot 8 ace, described as ‘wonderful’ by Dean Ashton, is primarily a left-midfielder but can also play as an attacking midfielder or on the right-hand side.
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The Latest: Source shares update
A Villa source informed Football Insider on Wednesday that talks are progressing well and there is confidence a deal can be struck.
The report suggests that talks are at an advanced stage, adding Villa are closing in on Cantwell as their second big-money transfer of the summer behind Emiliano Buendia, who also left Carrow Road for Villa Park.
Finally, the site claim that a move for Cantwell is alongside any deal for Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey, so it’s not a case of the Englishman being an alternative to the Jamaican.
The Verdict: Could this mean anything on Grealish?
With both Cantwell and Bailey possibly moving to the Midlands before the new season, could this mean anything about the future of Jack Grealish?
The club captain has been linked with a move to Manchester City for some time, with recent reports suggesting personal terms have been agreed on over an Etihad switch.
Villa initially wanted two wide men back in April and have already got one in Buendia, so signing both Cantwell and Bailey could mean Villa are looking at life without Grealish.
Of course, no fan wants to see their captain and talisman leave, but would Buendia, Bailey and Cantwell be sufficient quality in return?
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