Norwich City defender Max Aarons is likely to turn down a move to Everton as they aren’t a big enough club, a journalist has claimed.
The defender has previously been linked with moves to Bayern Munich and Barcelona as recently as last summer, but the Toffees seem to be making their own attempt to try and convince the 21-year-old to leave Carrow Road.
But according to journalist Dean Jones, speaking on the latest edition of Touchline Talk, now that Aarons knows the level of club that he can potentially attract, a move to Everton might not seem all that attractive by comparison:
“From what I’m told, Aarons knows that he could get a bigger move than going to Everton so I don’t expect them to have much chance of getting through the door, obviously Bayern Munich and Barcelona have also been linked with him… He’s not suddenly going to go to Everton.”
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Which comes across as a bit of a slap in the face, but at the same time, it could be seen as a bit of a challenge.
When you hire someone like Carlo Ancelotti and his track record of success, you do so in the hope that he can take you to the next level as a team, and at the moment he’s certainly on the right track with Everton only out of the Champions League places by virtue of goal difference, having finished 12th last year after taking over in mid-season.
They may not get a better shot of doing it than this season with the top of the table so wide open.
So if they want to be in contention to sign players like the £18m-rated Aarons and put themselves in a position to compete with the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich for players, then this is the time to capitalise on that and take their status as a club up a level.