Arsenal is said to have joined their north London rivals Tottenham in chasing Norwich defender Max Aarons but are unable to pay the player’s £30 m purchase price for the Canaries.
Aarons was one of the few positive points in what was a season of struggles for the Canaries, and despite their tough Premier League campaign, he has shone in the full-back role.
If Norwich is relegated to the Championship, the 20-year-old right-back will almost certainly move on in the summer, and Spurs is among the teams that have been most closely linked to his signature.
But the Gunners are also very interested according to Goal, with manager Mikel Arteta known to be keen to strengthen his defense.
However, Spurs is currently believed to be in favor of landing Aarons because of their stronger financial situation, with Arsenal unlikely to be able to afford Arteta much money for transfers due to the coronavirus crisis.
Norwich is reluctant to sell their best player for anything less than £30 m, especially given that he just signed a new five-year contract last year, and this is why the Gunners could be priced out of a deal for the U-21 international in England.
Whether Spurs are willing to spend what would be the majority of their transfer budget on Aarons remains to be seen, but their manager Jose Mourinho is desperate to add a full-back, with Serge Aurier and Ben Davies like flattering to deceive this season.
Aarons, who joined the Luton youth side of Norwich for the first time in 2009, made 27 appearances this season in the Premier League and will be desperate to help his side pick up some much-needed points when they play their first of two consecutive home games against Southampton on Friday, June 19.