According to various reports, Norwich City have turned down approaches from Arsenal and Aston Villa after both made £30 million offers for playmaker Emiliano Buendia.
While the newly-promoted Canaries would prefer to keep the Argentina international, it’s understood they are open to a deal if their asking price, thought to be nearer the £40 million mark, is met.
It’s no secret that Mikel Arteta is looking to add a creative midfielder to his options this summer.
Yesterday, the Gunners confirmed that Martin Odegaard, on loan from Real Madrid since January, was returning to the Bernabeu. While a potential deal for the Norwegian isn’t yet dead in the water, it’s looking increasingly likely that the Spanish giants will try to better integrate him next season. In light of the situation, it appears we’re stepping up the interest in Buendia.
The 24-year-old was named the Championship player of the season after spearheading Norwich’s title success, scoring 15 goals and made 17 assists in 41 games.
Lured to Spain by Real Madrid, he spent seven years on the books at Getafe before moving to Carrow Road in 2018, off the back of a loan spell at Spanish second-tier side Cultural Leonesa, for £2.25 million. Despite the club’s relegation form, he enjoyed an eye-catching debut year in the Premier League registering seven assists in 36 games.
Many thought he’d be snapped up by a bigger club last summer but he decided to stick things out with Norwich, who also kept faith with manager Daniel Farke, and has been justly rewarded.
Buendia is currently in South America preparing for Argentina’s Copa America campaign. The tournament, which until recently was due to take place in his home country and Colombia, is now set to be played in Brazil. Given the tournament starts this weekend, it seems unlikely his future will be decided until he returns to England.