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Arsenal ‘never showed interest in Emi Buendia’ according to Norwich City’s sporting director

On Tuesday afternoon, Norwich City sporting director, Stuart Webber declared that Arsenal had shown no interest in signing Emi Buendia during the January transfer window despite rumours that the Argentinian was Arsenal’s main target early on in the month.

Emi Buendia celebrating a goal for Norwich City ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Getty Images

According to Eastern Daily Press, the club’s sporting director has said:

“It is inevitable at some point there will be interest. We will make sure we are rewarded and they will go to a good place.”

For Norwich to sell one of Emi Buendia or Todd Cantwell, two of their most valuable assets, interested clubs will have to part with a significant amount of money. The Canaries will look to be suitably rewarded for developing these two players.

Norwich’s sporting director also declared he didn’t want to rush a transfer and make bad decisions. He said:

“We didn’t have any interest in Emi or Todd [in January]. We have all seen it. Moves happen in January for the wrong reasons and you can look back in six months and have so many regrets.”

Last month, Fabrizio Romano reported that Arsenal had made contact with Buendia’s representatives but were yet to submit a formal bid to Norwich City. This report from the Italian transfer guru seems to have been confirmed by Norwich City.

According to Chris Wheatley of football.london, the 24-year-old could be one of the North London club’s targets in the summer transfer window as it is no secret that Mikel Arteta is a big fan of the player.

Emi Buendia playing for Norwich City ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Getty Images

Any potential bid for Emi Buendia in the summer will depend on Martin Odegaard’s future and whether that lies in North London.

If the Norway international thrives and he along with Arsenal and Real Madrid have discussions about making the move permanent, the Gunners will be unlikely to reignite their interest in the Norwich City midfielder despite the Arsenal manager’s clear interest in the Argentinian.

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