Stuart Webber opens door for Emi Buendia to leave Norwich, amid Leeds and Arsenal links
Norwich City sporting director, Stuart Webber, has left the door open for some of his top stars to leave this summer, insisting it’s about the team, not individuals.
The likes of Emi Buendia and Max Aarons are the two main players being linked with moves away from Carrow Road. Buendia, in particular, has been on the radar of Arsenal for some time now. Leeds, too, are also said to be keen on the diminutive Argentinian.
In fact, Foot Mercato have previously reported that around half the Premier League are keeping tabs on Buendia.
But despite him being so influential in getting Norwich back up and the club in no rush to sell, Webber has said that football will always move on, and that a big bid could tempt Norwich into selling.
“It might be the end of the journey for some of them, it might be a club comes in that is off the scale. One of them may go, maybe two or all three of them will go, who knows – but the facts are that this team isn’t about one or two players,” Webber told the BBC. (via Goal)
“For us to be successful in the Premier League it’s going to be how does the squad of 20 do, not if one player performs brilliantly. When we sold James Maddison [to Leicester] everyone thought it was the end of the world and then a guy called Emi Buendia turned up – when Ben Godfrey left [for Everton] it was the end of the world and a guy called Ben Gibson turned up, and that’s football.”
Buendia is thought to be rated around the £34m mark. That sort of money would represent a big chunk of change for the Canaries, who pride themselves on their sensible and successful business model.
TBR View: Music to Arsenal’s ears if they can find the money
Arsenal have wanted Buendia for some time now if reports are true and if they can’t sign Martin Odegaard, then Buendia might be ideal.
If Norwich are open to selling, then the Gunners should ensure they have the funds to launch a bid here. Buendia is exceptional on his day, and will no doubt take the PL by storm again next term.
At £34m, he’s arguably a bit of a bargain in all honesty.
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