Arsenal unlikely to negotiate discount Emi Buendia fee in Norwich City transfer battle
According to the Independent, Arsenal are unlikely to negotiate a discount deal to sign Norwich City midfielder Emi Buendia this summer.
That’s because the Canaries would owe 20 per cent of any fee received to Getafe as part of the £1.5million deal that took him to Carrow Road in 2018.
Buendia is now worth £40m after helping Norwich to a second promotion into the Premier League as Championship title winners.
It is likely to be his final year in Norfolk, however, as Buendia is expected to leave Norwich amid interest from Arsenal, Aston Villa and a clutch of European sides.
Arsenal have held an interest in Buendia since last year and kept close tabs on the playmaker all season. He could now move to the Emirates with Mikel Arteta’s side yet to agree a second loan or permanent deal for Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard.
A move to Aston Villa has been tempered down with Dean Smith expressing doubts in the Birmingham-based outfit spending big on any targets this summer.
Buendia was the Championship Player of the Season for the 2020/21 campaign after scoring 15 goals and providing 17 assists in 39 appearances. No player offered as many assists as the Argentine while only centre-forwards scored more.
TBR’s view: Arsenal dealt Buendia blow
Norwich owning Getafe 20 per cent of any fee received for Buendia will be a blow for Arsenal. The clause would see the Canaries pay £8m if they received their full £40m asking price, which dampens the likelihood of the Gunners striking a discounted deal.
Arteta could certainly do with a player of Buendia’s creativity at the Emirates next season. Fellow Norwich midfielder Kenny McLean waxes lyrical over his teammate’s ability, claiming via the Daily Mail in January:
“The quality he has got is there in abundance every week,” McLean said, before adding: “I think he is a stand-out player in this league.
“He is showing it now on a consistent basis and is taking it to new levels. These types of players can sometimes go missing in games but Emi, the way he is demanding the ball, is a joy to play with.”
Not only is Buendia a joy for his teammates to play with, but he also created 37 more goalscoring chances than any other Championship player this season, per WhoScored. Bukayo Saka offered the most key passes by an Arsenal player in the Premier League with 38, ahead of Willian (32).
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