By Scott Taylor
Sergi Canos has completed a permanent transfer to Norwich City from Premier League side Liverpool for a fee of £2.5m. The U21 winger, 19, has attracted interest from several Football League clubs after impressing on his season-long loan at Championship side Brentford. However, Norwich won the race to sign the Spaniard with the fee that could potentially rise to £4.5m based on appearances and there is a buy-back clause.
Canos joined Liverpool from La Masia in the summer of 2013, and came to the Kirkby Academy with a lot of potential as a striker.
He progressed through both the U21s and U18s, before making his first-team debut in the 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion on 15 May, stating it was a “dream come true” for the winger.
His debut for the first-team came after 25 U21 Premier League appearances, where he scored three goals and provided seven assists.
It also ended a successful 2015/16 season on a personal note for Canos, after returning from a successful loan spell at Brentford.
The winger made 39 appearances for Dean Smith’s side, where he quickly became a fans favourite, scoring seven goals and creating five assists during his time at Griffin Park.
Canos was given permission to speak to Norwich after his representatives could not reach an agreement with Liverpool for a new contract.
It is understood that Canos and his representatives wanted as much as £10,000 a week, which will see him earn more than any of the other 14 U21 players to have broke through to the first-team in recent seasons.
Despite his departure, Liverpool will given first-choice if they want to bring him back to Anfield, after the clubs agreed on a buy-back clause.
Alex Neil’s side have won the race ahead of Bristol City, Fulham, Reading and SPL side Rangers for Canos, who may make his Norwich City debut against Peterborough.
He will more than likely replace Nathan Redmond, who joined Southampton for an undisclosed fee rumoured to be between £11m-£12m.