Arsenal might need to up the ante in their quest to sign Emi Buendia with Spanish newspaper, La Razon claiming Valencia are keen on the player.
The Gunners have held a long-term interest in the Norwich City playmaker but aren’t keen to pay the £40 million valuation.
Despite an upturn in fortunes, Mikel Arteta is still keen to add to his ranks this month.
Buendia has been targeted as a player who can add a creative element to the Arsenal attack.
The 24-year-old has been instrumental in Daniel Farke’s team this season, helping the Canaries to top spot in the Championship.
He has scored seven goals and registered as many assists from his 20 appearances.
Last season he played 39 games in all competitions as Norwich finished bottom of the Premier League.
The Argentine did, however, manage to register eight assists despite a season of struggle.
Now, it seems as though Arsenal aren’t the only club vying for Buendia’s services.
The report claims that Valencia like the look of the Norwich man and believe he is ‘quite affordable’.
The La Liga outfit are struggling this season, winning just four of their 18 games in the league.
Javi Gracia’s team are in 14th place and improvements will be necessary for the second half of the season to stave off the threat of relegation.
Buendia is a man fancied to revive their fortunes and that could be bad news for Arsenal.
TBR View: Arsenal must act quickly to secure Buendia
The former Argentina under-20 international looks like a signing tailor-made for Arteta.
He is young, boasts flair and would perhaps offer the creative spark that has often been lacking during the first half of the season.
With that in mind, Arsenal should regain a foothold in the race to land the player.
It’s only natural that given his quality other teams will show their interest but the Gunners should have significant pulling power.
Their recent form has given hope that a European challenge can still be on the cards.
Buendia will possibly fancy another crack at the Premier League and it’s time for Arsenal to pull out the stops.