It looks a matter of when, and not if, the vibrant midfielder will move on to pastures new in a pattern similar to James Maddison and others in recent years.
While Cantwell has failed to replicate the stunning form he showed at the start of the season during 2020 so far, he gave everyone a timely reminder of the raw talent he possesses with a brilliant goal against Manchester United at the weekend.
Dubbed an ‘exceptional, exceptional talent’ by former Canaries frontman Chris Sutton, Cantwell quite literally has the world at his feet.
Liverpool are reportedly keen on the young attacking midfielder, with Adam Lallana departing Anfield at the end of the season and Xherdan Shaqiri expected to follow.
Norwich are believed to value Cantwell at around the £30m mark, and while he is contracted to them until 2022, relegation to the English second tier would almost certainly spell the end of his Carrow Road tenure. As an Academy player Cantwell was persued for a long period by Arsenal who were the first to spot what Norwich had.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it no secret of his desire to build a squad of young, hungry, British players at Old Trafford – and Cantwell would certainly fit into that mould.