Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber has had his say on reports linking Emiliano Buendia to a move to Arsenal in last month’s transfer window.
The Argentine was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in January. Arsenal were desperate for a new creator and Football London, among other outlets, claimed that Buendia was on top of Arteta’s wish list.
Norwich City’s £40 million valuation of their star winger meant that there was no way Arsenal were signing him last month. Webber has now revealed that Edu and Arteta didn’t even begin talks over a potential deal.
He told Pink Un: “It was about keeping the squad together. Max, Todd and Emi want to crack on and help this club be promoted. I don’t think moving in January was a topic for them. We have stuck by the players, they have stuck with us so let’s finish the job.
“When things are actually happening it is not on some 12-year-old’s social media account, when it is, it is rubbish. When this 12-year-old says he has definitely seen (Mikel) Arteta at Buendia’s house, I’m not sure you should believe him.
“We didn’t have any interest in Emi or Todd. It is inevitable at some point there will be interest. We will make sure we are rewarded and they will go to a good place, like Ben (Godfrey) or Jamal (Lewis) or James Maddison before that.”
Arsenal Insider’s view
Norwich are currently on top of the Championship table and are favourites to return to the Premier League. The Canaries are a tough enough side to negotiate with when they’re in an inferior league, but if they are promoted back to the top-flight, Edu will have a mountain to climb.
Buendia was one Norwich’s shining stars in an otherwise disappointing campaign last season. He was on par with some of the best players in the league in terms of chance creation, and there is no reason why he can’t replicate the same if we sign him.
The 24-year-old has been directly involved in 14 goals this season already. If he can step it up further and push Norwich over the finish line, his £40 million price-tag will go up, and that would make things extremely difficult for us in the summer.