Rangers-linked Todd Cantwell was once rated as a £50m player amid Premier League interest in the Norwich City midfielder’s services as Michael Beale provides an Ibrox update.

The 24-year-old has lost his way in recent seasons but there was a time when the Canaries rated the kid as amongst the brightest young talents in English football.

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Netting six goals in the 19/20 Premier League season, including strikes against Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal, there can be no doubting the player has talent.

But it’s up to Rangers and Michael Beale to harness it as Todd Cantwell looks to get his career back on track and his contract ticks down at Carrow Road.

Rangers-linked Todd Cantwell once rated as a £50m player

Those £50m links came in the August of 2021, when Rangers-linked Todd Cantwell was said to be interesting the likes of Aston Villa in the Premier League.

The claim was made on Sky Sports by journalist Dharmesh Sheth, who suggested that should any suitors be interested in signing Todd Cantwell that they could expect to pay up to £40m-£50m.

”There are lots of figures being banded around about the valuation,” said Sheth.

”I’ve heard figures upwards of £40m or £50m before Norwich City would consider a sale of Cantwell.”

This could be for a number of reasons; Todd Cantwell was still in the middle of a strong Norwich contract and homegrown English players’ price tags are inflated due to squad registration rules.

However, no-one can deny that amid those links to Rangers it speaks volumes that Todd Cantwell was once at least reportedly regarded in that bracket.

Michael Beale hints Ibrox club closing in on Norwich City’s Cantwell

Heading into the League Cup clash with Aberdeen, Rangers boss Michael Beale told journalists that they weren’t “too far away” with the reports surrounding the Norwich City midfielder.

Reports from the likes of Sky Sports are now also suggesting that a deal is in the final stages and is expected to be completed.

“I like Cantwell a lot, he’s a player with a lot of ability and there will be a lot of interest in him,” said Beale [Rangers].

“I can’t say much more but don’t think you guys are that far off the track with what you are all insinuating. 

“I’m pleased with where we are at in the window, these things take time. I didn’t think anyone would be in before the weekend. I have been very busy along with Ross (Wilson) this week.

“These things are never as fast as fans want but I am very positive. My bit is done, if that makes sense. Now it’s over to the other people to finalise the things.”

It all suggests Todd Cantwell is being primed to be the first signing of the Michael Beale era at Rangers and watch this space in the coming days for any confirmation.

Meanwhile, one scarcely seen Ibrox crock has been spotted back in Rangers training.

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