Arsenal determined to see off Aston Villa and make Emiliano Buendia their first signing of the summer after Gunners open talks with Norwich over £40m-rated forward
- Arsenal have opened talks over a move for Norwich forward Buendia
- He is valued at £40m with a percentage sell-on due to his former club Getafe
- Buendia has been called up by Argentina for the Copa America next month
Arsenal have opened talks over a move for Norwich City forward Emiliano Buendia as they look to head off competition from Aston Villa.
Buendia, who has been called up by Argentina for the Copa America next month, is valued at £40million by newly-promoted Norwich with a percentage sell-on due to his former club Getafe.
There is an acceptance that Buendia will leave and Arsenal’s new director of football Richard Garlick seems determined to make the 24-year old their first signing of the summer.
Arsenal have opened talks over a summer move for Norwich City forward Emiliano Buendia
Arsenal fans are eager to see change following a hugely underwhelming season and Garlick wants to ensure his tenure gets off to a strong start.
Discussions have escalated quickly with Norwich eager to avoid a transfer saga dragging on through the summer.
The Carrow Road club anticipate offers of around £35million plus add-ons and Arsenal know Villa have the financial muscle to compete.
Buendia is valued at £40m by Norwich with a percentage sell-on due to his former club Getafe
Villa have Buendia’s compatriot Emiliano Martinez and want an attacking player who can give them a greater goal threat, particularly if Manchester City step up their interest in £100m-rated talisman Jack Grealish.
Buendia scored 15 goals this season on the way to being named Norwich’s Player of the Season and the EFL Championship’s Player of the Season.
He is hoping to figure for Argentina in their pending World Cup qualifiers next month plus the Copa America and a transfer is expected to be concluded soon if talks continue to escalate.
Buendia helped Norwich secure the Championship title and promotion to the Premier League
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