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Emi Buendia signing could fire Aston Villa into European competition – TBR View

Aston Villa are expected to complete the signing of Emi Buendia this week for a club-record fee.

As reported by the Guardian, the Argentine will join the Villains in a deal that be worth as much as £40m.

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Arsenal had been heavily linked with the Championship star. But, Villa have seemingly beaten the Premier League giants to Buendia’s signature.

Emi Buendia signing an ambitious one for Villa

The signing of the 24-year-old winger will be a momentous one for Villa. Here we have a player who tore the Championship to shreds last season with both his attacking and creative abilities.

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And pipping a club as big as Arsenal to sign Buendia shows that the Birmingham-based club are not afraid to be ambitious with their summer signings this year.

Buendia’s addition to the Villa squad dramatically improves their attacking output ahead of next season.

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Indeed, adding a talent as impressive as the Argentine star with the likes of Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins sounds almost like a fantasy for Villa supporters and a nightmare for rival fans.

The missing piece in the European puzzle

And Buendia could be the missing piece to ending the club’s decade-long barren run of no European football.

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Villa have not experienced European football since the 2010/11 season where they played a pitiful UEFA Europa League play-off round against Rapid Vienna, losing to the Austrian side 4-3 on aggregate.

With Buendia in the squad for next season, though, Villa suddenly have an attack that could easily challenge for a top-seven side in the Premier League.

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Add in a fully-fit Grealish, Europe could be a realistic finish for Villa come May 2022.

Furthermore, with experience already in the Premier League, Buendia should hit the ground running at Villa Park. And with additional signings, the Villains have the potential to make a splash in the league next season.

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