Sky Sports transfer expert Kaveh Solhekol spoke on The Transfer Show about Arsenal’s reported interest in Norwich City star Emiliano Buendia.
The Independent revealed earlier this month that Mikel Arteta is keen to sign the £40 million-rated South American winger. The report even claimed that Arsenal were open to using Joe Willock or Reiss Nelson as a part of the deal to bring down the asking price.
However, it looks like that will not be the case anymore. Solhekol has revealed that he has been in touch with people close to Buendia and they have ruled out a move this month due to the ‘crazy’ money Norwich are looking for.
He said: “One player they (Arsenal) have been watching very closely is Emi Buendia at Norwich City. I have been in touch with some people close to the player today. They say the situation is that the player himself is focused on his job at Norwich.”
“The problem Arsenal would have with trying to sign him this month is how much it would cost. I have been told it would take a crazy offer for them to be tempted to sell him this month. A crazy offer we are looking at somewhere between £40m and £50m.”
“There’s no way Arsenal will be spending that kind of money this month.”
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Emi Buendia is a fantastic talent. The Argentine has seven goals and seven assists to his name this season, but what he did in the Premier League last term is why Mikel Arteta really wants him.
The 24-year-old, playing for the worst side in the division, created more than chances than anybody apart from Kevin de Bruyne, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jack Grealish.
Arsenal cannot rely on Emile Smith Rowe every game. We need someone who can create and Buendia’s numbers speak for themselves. However, it just doesn’t look like we can afford him this month.