Liverpool’s promising 19-year-old Spanish winger Sergi Canos has today completed his transfer to Norwich City in a deal that will see the Canaries pay £2.5M up front plus a potential further £2M in add-ons that could see his fee rise to £4.5M in total.
Additionally, the club have negotiated sell-on and buyback clauses in the deal, meaning that if Canos comes good on his significant promise while at Norwich, Liverpool will have the option of bringing him back to Anfield or at least of making more if the Canaries move him on.
His move follows a stalled contract negotiation, with the player seeking a raise to around £10k per week, a minor amount by first team standards but significant for a youth or reserve player. It’s a reflection of the growing financial clout of English clubs that Norwich can pay it.
The Canaries will be hoping that Canos, who impressed on loan at Brentford last season, will hope to take them back into the Premier League at the first time of asking after they fell back into the Championship last season. Canos scored seven goals and five assists last year for Brentford.
It was an impressive return for the then 18-year-old, equating to a goal or assist every 139 minutes he was on the pitch for the Championship side. It’s a return that very much suggests he should walk into Norwich’s best eleven this year as well as speaking to his great potential.
That potential, and his standing as one of Liverpool’s brightest prospects, had many fans worried when contract negotiations hit an impasse and rumours about his departure began to swirl. The buyback and sell-on clauses, though, should go some way to making his departure easier to accept.