Norwich City are said to demand fees of between £ 40million and £ 50million from Arsenal if they agree to part ways with Emi Buendia in January.
The Argentina playmaker has been linked with a move away from Norwich, with the Gunners interested in bringing him to Emirates Stadium as they look to add creativity to their squad.
Buendia was previously believed to be available for around £ 25million, with the 24-year-old hoping to return to the Premier League after the club’s relegation last season.
He has been fit for the Canaries, with seven goals and six assists so far in the league to help put his team at the top of the division. It is because of this great form and position in the league that Norwich is reluctant to let him go this winter and has decided to impose a huge price on him to try to keep the interested parties at bay.
Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol reports that Norwich’s price tag is around £ 50million and the player is “totally focused on his job at Norwich City”.
It’s a blow to Arsenal’s chances of signing the player, who will likely look to replace Mesut Ozil after his move to Fenerbahce (whenever it’s officially announced, anyway).
The emergence of young duo Bukayo Saka and, perhaps more importantly, Emile Smith-Rowe in a creative role in recent weeks could soften the blow for Mikel Arteta’s team, and it is possible that they are just waiting for the ‘summer before seeking to provide reinforcements. .
Ozil wasn’t signed up for the Premier League or Europa League sides anyway, so his departure leaves no gap in the squad in terms of depth. Although with his salary off the books, Arsenal should have a bit more financial freedom in the transfer market.