Todd Cantwell would cost Leeds United at least £15m after what Dharmesh Sheth was told
It’s time for Leeds United to revive their interest in Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell after it was reported that he’s up for grabs this month.
Cantwell, 23, has been in and out of the Norwich team this season amid certain issues with the ex-England Under-21s ace seemingly no longer invested at Carrow Road.
Leeds’ need to sign a new midfielder this month is well-documented and Cantwell’s versatility makes him perfect for Marcelo Bielsa, who’s always open to having the extra wide player added to his squad and also needs to strengthen his central options.
Cantwell can fill both of those roles and it seems the Canaries ace is available this month after what Sky Sports News journalist Dharmesh Sheth said yesterday (Thursday).
“This has been around for a couple of days now but the news I am getting now is that Newcastle and one other Premier League club have sounded out the possibility of being interested in the Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell,” said Sheth on Sky Sports News’ Transfer Show on Thursday night, as quoted on the Transfer Centre [6 January 07:39pm].
“I’ve been told today that it would require a bid of around £15m to £20m for Norwich to consider selling Cantwell in this transfer window.
“People will say why would he be worth that much if he’s only got six months left on his current deal? Well, Norwich do have a slight advantage in this because they have an option of a further year that they could exercise.
“So, really it would be 18 months on his contract so they could charge that extra few million if they were to sell him in this transfer window.”
Cantwell is a player who Victor Orta has confirmed his interest in before.
Ahead of last season’s January transfer window, Leeds’ director of football revealed that he and his scouting team had done their homework on the playmaker.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post on 6 December, 2020, Orta said: “We analyse all the players.
“We know them really well, their clubs were our rivals, we analysed [Cantwell] in the Premier League. But it’s like a lot of players we’ve analysed.
“It’s difficult. They are players we analysed, we have information and then we need to think about the possibility.”
It’s fair to say that Cantwell was more impressive in Norwich’s last stint in the Premier League than he has been this season, playing just eight times in what has been a dour campaign at Carrow Road.
In the 2019/20 campaign, Cantwell scored six goals and assisted two in 37 Premier League appearances. He combined well with fellow attackers Teemu Pukki and Emiliano Buendia but couldn’t do enough to help Norwich avoid relegation.
One of Cantwell’s goals that season came in a shock 3-2 win over Manchester City on 14 September, 2019. After that match, Chris Sutton compared the Norfolk-born ace to ex-Barcelona star and Raphinha’s agent Deco [Daily Mail].
Cantwell was superb again for Norwich last season as they won promotion back to the Premier League with the 23-year-old scoring six goals and supplying seven assists in 33 second-tier outings. Dean Ashton, speaking to talkSPORT on 25 February, described the midfielder as “incredible” and “wonderful”.
As for this season, yes, it has been a horrific one for everyone at Norwich but we all know that Cantwell can do a lot better because he’s proven it in the past.
There’s a chance he may have mentally checked out due to doubts surrounding his future and the fact that his contract expires in the summer, albeit having the option to be extended by a further 12 months.
Still, Andrea Radrizzani would reportedly love to have the Norwich playmaker on board at Elland Road. Earlier this season, on 19 October, LeedsLive reported that signing him would coincide with Radrizzani’s “long-term plan for the club moving forward”.
Cantwell suits Radrizzani’s plans, Orta has already done plenty of homework on him and Bielsa needs to add to his midfield options this month.
You can couple that with the fact that Cantwell is young, English and reportedly available at an affordable price, meaning that he would be the perfect signing for Leeds United this month.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has reacted to a claim that the Whites are set to imminently bid for this box-to-box midfielder.