Ben Godfrey: AC Milan and Bayer Leverkusen interested in Norwich defender

Bayern Munich prepared to pay €20m (£18.3m) for right-back Max Aarons - Sky in Germany

Ben Godfrey featured 30 times for Norwich in the Premier League as their season ended in relegation
Image: Ben Godfrey featured 30 times for Norwich in the Premier League as their season ended in relegation

AC Milan will face competition from Bayer Leverkusen for £30m rated Norwich City defender Ben Godfrey.

Representatives of the German side are expected to step up their interest later this week once Kai Havertz completes his expected move to Chelsea.

The England U21 defender, who impressed in the top flight despite a difficult season for Daniel Farke's team, has become a key target for the Bundesliga club.

Sky in Italy reported Godfrey's representatives met with AC Milan officials before their Serie A win against Cagliari on Saturday.

Ben Godfrey and Kelechi Iheanacho battle for possession
Image: Norwich are reluctant to sell Godfrey, viewing him as one of their best players

German clubs Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig have also shown previous interest in the centre-back, who is under contract at Norwich until 2023.

Norwich believe the 22-year old will become an England first-team regular in the future and are adamant, therefore, that he will not leave on the cheap, valuing him at around £30m.

Bayern Munich, Leverkusen keen on Aarons

Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea (L) and Max Aarons of Norwich City compete for the ball during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge
Image: Highly-rated right-back Max Aarons is attracting interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs

Godfrey is not the only Norwich defender to have caught the eye of a German club.

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Bayern Munich are prepared to pay €20m (£18.3m) to sign right-back Max Aarons, according to Sky in Germany.

The 20-year-old had an impressive season for the Canaries, despite their relegation straight back to the Sky Bet Championship, playing 40 times for them in all competitions.

Bayern, who claimed their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title this season, want to sign a young back-up for Benjamin Pavard.

Leverkusen are also understood to be interested in Aarons, who played a key role for Norwich as they gained promotion to the Premier League in 2018/19.

Norwich show interest in Mawson and Bennett

Norwich have made an inquiry about Alfie Mawson
Image: Norwich have made an enquiry for Alfie Mawson

Meanwhile, Norwich have made enquiries over the availability of Fulham's Alfie Mawson and Wolves' Ryan Bennett as they look to strengthen their central defensive options.

Mawson joined Fulham from Swansea for £20m in August 2018. He made 28 appearances this season for Scott Parker, although but has not figured in first-team plans since January.

Bennett, who made 79 appearances for Norwich between 2012 and 2017 still retains a home in Norfolk and has just returned to Molineux after a loan spell at Leicester.

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