According to a report by Sky Sports, Bayern Munich are considering Norwich City youngster Max Aarons for the role of right-back next season. The Bavarians have been searching for a proper understudy to Benjamin Pavard for some time now, with Ajax’s Sergino Dest and Shakhtar’s Dodo both linked with the club in the past. Could Aarons finally put an end to that hunt?
The young Englishman made 36 appearances for Norwich City in the Premier League this season, notching up 2 assists. Despite the fact that his team got relegated, he seems to have attracted attention from some big clubs. Both Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers have been linked, while Sky’s report mentions Bayer Leverkusen as a rival for Bayern in the transfer.
Aarons’ stats aren’t particularly impressive, but that could be down to the fact that Norwich were the worst team in the league by some margin — languishing 13 points behind 19th placed Watford. Given that Norwich City are getting relegated, they may be looking to sell the player for as little as 20m euros, around the same amount Ajax demanded for Dest. The difference is that Aarons is arguably more experienced, having played significant minutes in a higher level league than the Eredivise.
Does Bayern need a right-back? Yes, very much so. Real Madrid loanee Alvaro Odriozola isn’t cutting it, and the sheer panic seen in the fanbase in the wake of Benjamin Pavard’s untimely injury shows how much the team needs depth at this position. While Max Aarons couldn’t join the Champions League squad even if he did join in the coming days, he would undoubtedly be an exciting option for the congested fixture list that’s planned for next season. If Sky’s report is true, let’s hope Brazzo’s trusty old PowerPoint helps convince the player to make the switch to Germany.
So Norwich have announced the signing of a new defender — Bali Mumba, who can play at right-back. Potential Aarons replacement? Hmmm.