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Arsenal rekindle interest in Emi Buendia as Gunners push for early summer deal

NORWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Norwich City's Emi Buendia during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Derby County at Carrow Road on October 3, 2020 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Hannah Fountain - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Buendia interest returns

Arsenal will be looking to add a creative and goalscoring midfielder in the transfer window this summer, and no option seems more fitting than Norwich City’s Emi Buendia.

Buendia was recently called up to the Argentinian national team for the first time, after an exceptional season with recently promoted Norwich, during which he scored 15 goals and laid on 17 assists.

However, reports now suggest that Arsenal have rekindled their interest in the player, who has moved to ‘the top’ of their attacking midfield wishlist for the summer.

Arsenal are yet to make an official offer for Buendia, but he has moved to the top of their list of playmaker targets as discussions inside the club ramp up ahead of the summer transfer window.

The report on the part of Goal also includes quotes from the Norwich City boss.

Daniel Farke has insisted that it would take an ‘unbelievable offer’ to get the Argentine out of the club.

 “Of course if one of the best clubs in the world wants Emi as a starter and makes an unbelievable offer then it could be a realistic solution for all parties,” said the German coach.

“If there is a club who want to put some crazy offers out then maybe you use this to help the club in the future, but as a head coach my first thought is to work further on with our key players.”

Odegaard uncertainty

Renewed interest in Buendia appears to stem from the fact that Martin Odegaard, who joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in January, is unlikely to return, despite having spoken of his happiness in North London.

“I am happy here at Arsenal, we will see after the season what will happen,” the Norwegian said.

“I’m owned by Real Madrid, so we have to speak to them. It’s important to understand what they want.”

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Arsenal unveil new loan signing Martin Odegaard at London Colney on January 27, 2021 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND – JANUARY 27: Arsenal unveil new loan signing Martin Odegaard at London Colney on January 27, 2021 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Many reports from Spain have suggested that Odegaard is considered a vital part of the future of Madrid.

Don Balon reported in April that his performances in England have not gone unnoticed, with the expectation that he will return to Real.

It is no coincidence that the ‘Gunners’ have taken flight coinciding with the incorporation of the Norwegian star, who has scored two goals, and who is the great threat to Villarreal in the semi-finals of the Europa League. At the Emirates Stadium they want to retain everything, but they have met with the refusal of the white box.

There are plenty of options whom the Gunners could aim to bring in, but as the season’s end nears, it seems that Odegaard out and Buendia in is the main focus.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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