Arsenal have received encouragement if they decide to move Max Aarons from Norwich City this summer.
The Gunners could lose Hector Bellerin at the end of the season, Paris Saint-Germain would take over their interest again, and Barcelona held a long-term desire to sign the Spaniard.
If Bellerin leaves, Arsenal will need a replacement, and Norwich defender Aarons is among the names being touted for moving to Emirates Stadium.
Competition in the market is likely to be fierce, with Manchester United and Bayern Munich among those hoping for a move, but Norwich’s stance on the sale is promising.
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“Fortunately, because of this wonderful team behind the scenes, we have some really lovely players,” Norwich co-owner Delia Smith said at the Financial Times Business of Football summit earlier this month.
“They have a nice temperament and Max Aarons is one of the best. He will be one of the best footballers and that will not be in Norwich.
“He knows it, we know it. But we haven’t had a problem with Max or his parents on this particular occasion and this particular deal. We’re obviously going to lose him, but that’s part of our plan.”
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Last year, Aarons was asked about his future amid a wealth of speculation and told Athletic: “It’s quite natural that, as a 20-year-old who plays in the Premier League, things will be in the press. I leave that to people off the field, like Stuart [Webber, Norwich sporting director] or a club to deal with.
“I just tried to focus on finishing the season well inside myself and now I’m leaving, relaxing during the weeks off, and then coming in strongly for the preseason. Everything else that happens or happens, it’s not really in my hands. All I can do as a professional footballer is try to develop my game and come back sharp, come back strong and come back ready for a great season.
“I have four years left on my contract here, so I’ll be back ready to attack, ready to attack next year.”