Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move to sign Norwich City star Emiliano Buendia this month.
The Argentine is viewed by many as the perfect wide player to solve our creativity issues. Arsenal’s big names on the flanks – Willian and Nicolas Pepe – have had an underwhelming campaign so far.
The former has just two shots on target this season, while the Ivorian can’t seem to nail down a starting spot. Bukayo Saka is currently our first-choice right winger at the moment, but completely relying on a teenager is never a smart option.
Buendia would be perfect for this Arsenal side and if a latest report is to be believed, the Argentine wants to a move to the Emirates as well.
CBS Sports claim that the 24-year-old with seven goals and seven assists this season is willing to force a transfer away from Norwich if Arsenal table a bid in the coming days. That is enough incentive for Edu and Arteta to make their move, but the Canaries will not make it easy.
The Independent claimed today that Norwich will demand at least £40 million for Buendia. That is a lot of money, especially after we spent more than that in one go to sign Thomas Partey on transfer deadline day.
Is Buendia really worth £40 million?
Arsenal were heavily linked with Lyon’s Houssem Aouar in the summer and ESPN claimed that a bid of £40 million would have been enough. We didn’t pursue that deal then, but if he is available for the same price now, he is definitely a better signing than Buendia.
However, it is unlikely that Lyon will part ways with the Frenchman. Arsenal missed their chance then and paying a bit over the top sign Buendia might well prove to be our punishment.
That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Buendia is a fantastic player and his addition will solve a ton of problems. The fact that he is open to a move is big boost for us and it is now up to Edu and Arteta to get it done.