Arsenal are willing to test Norwich City’s resolve to keep hold of Emi Buendia this month, according to a report in Monday’s Metro.
With the January transfer window now open and Emi playing out of his skin, the rumours of a big money move for City’s Argentinian playmaker are filling the gossip columns on a daily basis at the moment.
Buendia turned 24 on Christmas Day and is arguably only going to get better as he gets older and he has literally grabbed the Championship by the scruff of it’s neck. He is playing as well as he did in the promotion season of 2018/19 but it’s the consistency that he has now added to his game. He has either scored or assisted 13 of Norwich’s last 24 goals.
This won’t have gone unnoticed in the Premier League and probably La Liga, as well.
The Metro report suggests that Arsenal have already held informal talks with Buendia’s agent about a move and it also suggests that the player himself would welcome the interest. Another linked report (Here) by the same outlet via The Independent suggests that Arsenal might offer two players to Norwich in an attempt to lower the Canaries’ £40m price tag.
Midfielder, Joe Willock and winger, Reiss Nelson are being named in this report as possible make weights in any deal to lower the price although to my mind, neither would be needed or arguably wanted, at least at this time. Willock has made just two Premier League starts this season, with Nelson making just two substitute appearances. Both have featured regularly in the Europa League though.
Buendia is as close as it is possible to get to being the league’s best player and selling him this month could de-rail City’s promotion bid, such is his influence on the squad. It seems inevitable that he will be sold sooner or later but hopefully we can hold onto him at least until the summer to allow us to have a real go at promotion.
Come on, Mr Webber, just turn your phone off!