Norwich City are keen to sign Steaua Bucharest winger Dennis Man but, speaking to ProX, owner Gigi Becali has made it clear that the Romania international will not be leaving for less than £13 million.
With the Canaries conceding goals at an alarming rate while failing to trouble the scoreboard at the other end of the pitch, it is no surprise that an immediate return to the Championship is looming on the horizon.
But signing a player like Mann, a jet-heeled forward with eight goals and five assists to his name, would certainly boost Daniel Farke’s hopes of bouncing back at the first attempt next season.
Yet, considering that Norwich were not exactly splashing the cash even before the beautiful game found itself at the heart of an unprecedented financial crisis, the Carrow Road club might have to sell a Todd Cantwell or a Max Aarons to get this deal over the line.
Especially as the ever-outspoken Becali thinks Steaua have a potential £100 million footballer on their books.
“I said that without £13 million euros, I would not talk,” Becali says when asked about his negotiations with Norwich, who wanted to pay just £5 million, as translated by GSP.
“They said; ‘Sir, he isn’t worth this money!’. I said that if that’s not the amount, there’s no point in talking.
“Yes, now he is not worth it. But he is 21 years old and in three years he costs 70-100 million.
“I have no problem with Man leaving immediately. There are several offers. There are two more teams from England and one from Italy.”
Intriguingly, Becali says that Norwich are set to return for more talks in a matter of days.
So watch this space, Canaries fans. After a dismal season, there could perhaps be something to cheer very soon.