Arsenal haven’t stopped monitoring Emiliano Buendia of Norwich City and could move for his signature this summer if they fail to keep Martin Odegaard, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.
The Gunners aren’t the only club interested, however. Aston Villa are watching his situation as well, and there has been contact from an unnamed ‘top club’ from the continent after his maiden call-up to the Argentina national side recently. The Canaries would apparently prefer to keep the 24-year-old attacking midfielder at Carrow Road following their Premier League promotion, but they have reluctantly accepted that it is the right time for him to move on to continue his development, quite apart from his wish to do so.
Transfermarkt values Buendia at €22 million (£20m), but it’s likely that Norwich will demand significantly more than that, given that there are three years left on his contract and the interest from more than one potential suitor. Ornstein says it will be more than double the amount, actually.
Buendia started his football journey with the Real Madrid academy, but he made the switch to Getafe at the age of 13. After moving through the ranks there, he earned first-team promotion in 2015 and spent 2017-18 on loan at Cultura Leonesa. When he leaves Norwich, Getafe will be entitled to some of the sale proceeds.
Both Buendia and his employers are patient about the situation at the moment. Neither party wants it to drag on too much, particularly past the start of next season, but they expect everything to become much clearer when the potential buyers sort out their intentions and transfer budgets.
Even though Arsenal will try and keep Odegaard first, with a creative midfielder being one of the top priorities for the upcoming window, technical director Edu values Buendia, who scored 15 and assisted 17 goals in 41 appearances in 2020-21, highly.