Aston Villa will have to pay £40 million to bring Todd Cantwell from Norwich City to Villa Park, according to The Sun.
What’s the story?
Villa have reportedly identified Cantwell as a potential replacement for Jack Grealish.
Premier League champions City want to sign attacking midfielder Grealish from the Villans for £100 million.
So, Villa need to sign a replacement for the 25-year-old.
Dean Smith’s side have identified Cantwell as that replacement.
However, for a transfer to happen, Villa will have to pay as much as £40 million, according to The Sun.
That would make the 23-year-old the Villans’ record transfer signing.
Villa’s record transfer at the moment is Emiliano Buendia, who joined from Norwich for £34.56 million this summer.
That fee could rise to £38 million.
Could an Aston Villa transfer happen?
The Sun are claiming that Norwich will not be able to resist if they are offered £40 million for Cantwell.
The player himself is not in a rush to leave the Canaries.
Norwich will play in the Premier League next season, but they will know that £40 million is a lot of money.
Cantwell is not at the level of Grealish yet, but the 23-year-old is a very good attacking midfielder who can only get better.
The Englishman scored six goals and gave six assists in the Championship for Norwich last season.
Described as “an exceptional, exceptional player” by former Norwich striker Chris Sutton on BBC Radio 5 Live in June 2020, the attacking midfielder scored six goals and provided two assists in the Premier League in 2019-20.