According to Sky Sports, Norwich City have submitted a £6million bid for Preston attacker Callum Robinson.
The Canaries are looking to strengthen after winning promotion, and after adding Josip Drmic on a free transfer, they’re looking to splash the cash on another attacker.
Winger Robinson appears to be on their radar, after a fine Championship season. Robinson – who missed four months of the campaign – still finished the season with 12 goals and three assists in 27 games.
With one year left on his contract, Robinson is expected to move on this summer, and Norwich have made their move. It seems that Daniel Farke wants to bring Robinson in as another creative, right-footed left winger to compete with Onel Hernandez.
However, let’s be honest here; £6million for Robinson is something of an insult. Yes, Norwich probably just wanted to test the water, but it’s nowhere near enough.
Robinson may have a year left on his contract, but so did Daniel James at Swansea City. He has just signed for Manchester United in a £15million deal, rising to £18million (Independent). We urged North End earlier this month to take a similar hardline stance on the 24-year-old’s transfer fee.
Players in League One are going for similar prices, never min a top Championship player like Robinson. Luton Town defender James Justin has joined Leicester City for £8million (Sky). Brighton have signed Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke, striking a deal worth £5million in total (The Sun).
Those two combined have just four Championship appearances, compared to Robinson’s proven record. You can even add in that, in January 2017, Norwich were happy to pay £7million for Yanic Wildschut (Mirror) – a player nowhere near Robinson’s ability. That was, admittedly, under a different regime, but North End would be well within their rights to expect an even better fee.
Robinson’s contract situation will likely spark these cut-price bids, but there’s surely no way North End would sell for anything below £10million this summer. Norwich’s bid will likely be rejected, and it remains to be seen whether they return.
Intriguingly, North End have now responded to the reports from Sky. Preston claim no bid it on the table for any player, refuting the claims about Robinson.
Contrary to reports in the media, Preston North End can confirm that they have no bids on the table for any of their players. #pnefc
— Preston North End FC (@pnefc) June 29, 2019