Emi Buendia ‘interested’ in a move to Arsenal as talks start over £40m championship star

Emi Buendia for Norwich City at Carrow Road ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Getty Images

Emi Buendia has been on Arsenal’s radar for a long time but after another successful season in England’s second division, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have sighted out the Argentine as one of their top targets for the upcoming summer transfer window.

Speaking to Eastern Daily Press, Norwich City’s sporting director, Stuart Webber spoke openly about the potential exit of Emi Buendia this summer. He admitted that the possibility of selling key players “doesn’t scare him”. He said that “it might be that we sell them to help fund even bigger transfers [for the club].” 

Norwich City Sporting Director, Stuart Webber ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Getty Images

Norwich City have made it clear that they are not picking up the phone to talk about Emi Buendia unless the buying club’s offer breaks the club’s current transfer record which currently stands at just under £30m.

Arsenal had talks with Twenty Two Sports Management (Emi Buendia’s agency) during the January transfer window but those negotiations came to a standstill. In the past two weeks, Arsenal’s executives have reinstated contact with the Buendia’s agency and representatives. Negotiations are well underway to get the newly-promoted Argentine to north London this summer.

Personal terms should not be an issue to sort out between Emi Buendia and Arsenal as the player is ‘interested’ in a move to north London. Moving from Norwich City to Arsenal would certainly be a step in the right direction for the Argentinian 24-Year-Old.

Buendia scored 15 goals and collected 16 assists in a season that he was predominantly played on the right-wing. Norwich City were the Championship champions and Buendia was said to be the key to Daniel Farke’s Canaries succeeding in the season just gone.

Tactically, in order to get the best out of Buendia, Norwich used him as a player that they started at right wing but plays more as an attacking midfielder in the no. 10 role when they attacked last season. Technically, Buendia is a player that has been compared to Bernardo Silva in the sense that he starts right wing but then when the team drifts in-game into a 4-3-3 it allows Buendia to convert into a right central midfielder. Some would argue it would be an excellent signing as it is exactly what Arsenal need.

Allowing Buendia to adapt the role that Silva does at Manchester City will allow the Argentine to hold back and allow Nicolas Pepe to run into the pockets and cause havoc on the right side for the opposition’s defence.

When Jack Grealish got promoted to the Premier League with Aston Villa, there were doubts about whether Grealish would be able to adapt to Premier League playing style and the calibre of players he would be coming up against but Grealish has demonstrated that if you are a good enough player, you can play in any league. Aston Villa’s main man has been linked with moves previously to Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal so to say he is not good enough just because he came from the Championship is an invalid argument and proves that Buendia should not be ruled out just because of his lower division status too.

The issue comes when playing a right-winger as a central midfielder but with a player that is as versatile as Norwich City’s talisman, that should not be an issue if Arsenal were to get this deal done.

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