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Max Aarons

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Norwich Career: 2016-23 (213 appearances, 6 goals)
Current Club: Bournemouth
Date of Birth: 4/1/2000 (London) 
Nationality: English


Max was one of ten youngsters to join Norwich's Under-18s as first year scholars on 1st July 2016. Described as a pacy full-back, he was previously at Luton Town. At 11, Arsenal were keen to sign him but refused to pay a compensation fee 

In December 2019, it was reported that Aarons "went for a trial at Tottenham, rejected a contract at Luton, and his trial was unsuccessful, so he turned down the contract at Luton then Tottenham rejected him. It didn’t work out so that’s how he ended up at Norwich after a year or so out of football." He also trialled with Chelsea and QPR during this time. When without a club, Max travelled from his family home in Milton Keynes to a Powerleague facility in north London several times per week for one-on-one, after-school training sessions with Saul Isaksson-Hurst, a personal coaching specialist known to his father, Mike, with a decade of experience as a youth coach at Tottenham and Chelsea.

On 5th May 2017, it was reported that Max would be offered his first professional contract after breaking into the Under-23s during 2016/17.

After training with the first team during the 2018 pre-season, he made his first team debut on 14th August 2018, starting in the League Cup clash at Carrow Road against Stevenage which Norwich won 3-1. This was followed up with a start in the League Cup clash at Premier League side Cardiff City oh 28th August 2018 in which Aarons scored his first professional goal in a 3-1 win for Norwich. He was rewarded with a call up to the England Under-19 squad. His league debut came at Ipswich on 2nd September 2018 which finished 1-1. His first league goal came in the 3-1 home win over Rotherham on 1st December 2018.

On 10th September 2018 he made his England Under-19 debut, starting in a 2-1 win over Belgium.

On 10th October 2018 he signed a new deal until 2021 with the Press Association reporting that Chelsea and Arsenal had been keeping a close eye on his development. In late December 2018, the Sun linked him with a £15million move to Spurs with German side Red Bull Leipzig also reported to be interested.

On 26th March 2019, Aarons, along with Jamal Lewis and Teemu Pukki, were named in the Sky Bet Championship Team of the Season. The team was voted on by all 24 managers and head coaches from the Championship, with City having the highest representation in the eleven with three, ahead of Leeds United (2) and Sheffield United (2).

He finished the 2018/19 season with 43 appearances, scoring three goals, as the Canaries won the Championship title. During June 2019, he was constantly linked with a move to Manchester United who opted instead to sign Crystal Palace's Aaron Won-Bissaka for £45-50m.

At the end of August 2019, Max was called up by England's Under-21s for their clashes with Turkey and Kosovo in September 2019. He played the full 90 minutes on 6th September as England beat Turkey 3-2.

in late 2019, he was heavily linked with a January 2020 move to Spurs who had reportedly scouted him many times. On December 18th, it was reported that West Ham were considering an £18m bid. January 2020 saw continued speculation with Everton, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund linked as well as Tottenham.

Aarons made 40 appearances for Norwich in 2019/20 as the club were relegated from the Premier League finishing bottom.

On 27th July 2020 it was reported by Sky Sports Germany that German giants Bayern Minich and Bayer Leverkusen were interested in signing Aarons, with suggesting that Munich would use him as cover for French international Benjamin Pavard. Closer to home, Wolves and Tottenham have also been linked. A fee of 20 million Euros has been suggested.

On 19th September 2020 it was reported that Spanish giants Barcelona had approached Norwich but that no firm £20m bid had been made. Transfer expert David Ornstein claimed that the youngster’s representatives had already agreed personal terms with the five-time European champions and that one of the bids could have been worth £20million plus potential add-on fees. Supposedly the bids included a season long loan with no option to buy. Ornstein clarified that Barcelona’s first bid was a loan with an option to buy, but no financial penalties based on appearances, with the second a loan with an option to buy but including those financial penalties if Aarons isn’t getting game time.

In February 2021 reports began to circulate that Bayern Munich had begun negotiations with Norwich regarding signing Aarons for £35m. Norwich had rejected an offer from an overseas club in January 2021 according to Stuart Webber. Manchester United have also reportedly scouted Aarons extensively in recent weeks as they look to bolster their right-back positions ahead of next season. It was later revealed that it was Italian side Roma which had bid for Aarons. He was then linked in late February 2021 with a move to Everton.(who were reported to be preparing a bid as Ancelotti is looking for a new right-back) and AC Milan.

On 22nd April 2021 it was reported that West Ham were keen on Aarons who had allegedly been told that he is free to leave the club this summer for the right price; a promise made by the club when Aarons chose to stay in the summer of 2020. The following day saw reports that Everton were stepping up their interest with reports of advanced talks and negotiations.

On 28th April 2021 he was named in the EFL Championship Team of the Season. He was also nominated for the EFL Championship Young Player of the Season but missed out to Reading's 19 year old midfielder Michael Olise. Aarons made 45 league appearances (and two Cup appearances) as Norwich won the Championship title in 2020/21.

The next club to be linked with Aarons was Inter Milan who were linked by Tutto Mercato Web on 1st June 2021 The website's chief editor Marco Conterio reports that Inter see Aarons as a potential replacement for Achraf Hakimi, if the Morocco international does join Paris Saint-Germain. Over the weekend of 17th/18th July 2021 Aarons was linked to Spanish champions Athletico Madrid if Kieran Trippier chose to return to England. Arsenal were also linked with Aarons seen as a replacement for Hector Bellerin.

On 9th September 2021 the Daily Telegraph reported that Aarons was the subject of a late bid from Borussia Dortmund who submitted a loan offer with an option to buy on the penultimate day of the transfer window. City 'instantly rejected' that proposal, according to the report.

He made 35 appearances in 2021/22 as Norwich finished bottom of the Premier League.

At the end of May 2022 former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinanc stated publicly that he thought United should sign Aarons. Newspaper reports also suggested that United would involve their starlet Ethan Laird in a deal for Aarons.

On 22nd July 2022 it was reported that Everton boss Frank Lampard was preparing a £15million bid for Aarons but that Borussia Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg were also interested. Marseille were also reported to have made an approach.

On 18th August 2022 freelance journalist and transfer expert Pete O'Rourke claimed that Italian top flight sides Atalanta and Monza have seen their bids to loan Aarons rebuffed, while Borussia Monchengladbach - who are coached by former Norwich boss Daniel Farke - have enquired about Aarons' availability. On Transfer Deadline Day (1st September) there were loan enquiries from Borussia Monchengladbach, Spanish side Villareal and Southampton but Aarons remained at Carrow Road.

On 1st November 2022 it was reported that Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Max Aarons from Norwich City as they look to bolster their options at right-back. United manager Ten Hag admitted that despite Diego Dalot's resurgence in the role, the Reds still need to have two viable right-backs that can compete for a starting position. With Aaron Wan-Bissaka not appearing to be in the Dutchman's first-team plans, Aarons seems to be back on United's radar witha potential January 2023 switch for £15million.

He made 48 appearances for Norwich during the 2022/23 season, scoring once.

On 8th July 2023 Max played all 90 minutes as England's Under-21s won the European Under-21 Championships for the first time since 1984. They beat Spain 1-0 in the final held in Georgia. The goal from Liverpool's Curtis Jones in the first half was enough to secure victory, but it was James Trafford of Manchester City who was the hero of the day, saving a penalty in the ninth minute of injury time. Of the six games in the tournament, Aarons played in four games, starting in three and coming on as a 59th minute substitute in the 2-0 win over Germany.

Transfer rumours during the summer of 2023 linked Aarons with Fulham and West Ham. On 30th July 2023 it was reported that Aarons could stay in the Championship with Southampton who would spend some of their transfer kitty if they sold right-back Tino Livramento who has been linked to Newcastle. Southampton's other first-team right-back Kyle Walker-Peters has also been linked with a move away from St Mary's Stadium following relegation, with The Sun's Tom Barclay claiming that Fulham are keen on the England international, as well as RC Lens of France - who have qualified for the Champions League - and Jose Mourinho's AS Roma.

At the beginning of August 2023, rumours circulated that Leeds had offered £7m for Aarons with the possibility of Aarons re-uniting with Daniel Farke. On 10th August 2023 Aarons was having a medical with Leeds which he left halfway through to head to Bournemouth whom he signed for on that same day. Aarons moves to the south coast club for an undisclosed fee understood to be worth an initial £9million, with add-ons that could take the deal to £12million. Those add-ons are understood to be achievable targets, with confidence within Carrow Road that the Norfolk club will receive at least a significant proportion of that £3million. Sporting Director Stuart Webber said of the move: “We’re of course disappointed to lose Max, but once a Premier League club matched our valuation we couldn’t stand in his way. Max, since the moment he made his debut against Stevenage in 2018, has been top class, both as a player and a person. He’s our current highest appearance holder, has won two titles and, most recently, a major tournament for his country. It hasn’t always been easy for Max with constant speculation that has surrounded his future, but it speaks volumes for him, that he’s always got on with the job of representing Norwich City to the best of his ability. We all wish Max and his family well and look forward to welcoming him back in the future.”

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