Arsenal delaying Emi Buendia transfer decision amid talks with agent over January move

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Arsenal have reportedly made contact with Emiliano Buendia’s agent about a potential January move for the Norwich City star. The Gunners are in the market for a creative midfielder and Buendia is a player who has been heavily linked with a switch to the Emirates.

He is currently plying his trade in the Championship with the Canaries but he does have top flight experience, having impressed in the Premier League last season.

According to Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Buendia is among a number of options being considered by Arsenal but a deal will not be straightforward, with Norwich desperate to keep him at Carrow road.

Speaking to Arsenal Fan TV, Romano said: “He’s one of the options.

“There has been contact with his agents in the last weeks, Arsenal making some enquiry with many agents as they look for a quality midfielder.

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“It’s difficult in this market to go for example to Lyon and spend €60m or €50m to sign Aouar.

“It’s so difficult to do this kind of move. They were talking with the agent of Emi Buendia.

“They are interested in Buendia but it’s not sure he will be the perfect player.

“They will decide after selling players, the best option they have, they will go for it.

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“For sure Buendia is part of the list. He’s a skilful player, a quality midfielder, he’s perfect for what they’re looking for but I’m not sure yet that they will go for him.

“It’s normal for a top club like Arsenal to go to many agents and to be ready, particularly when talking about a quick market like January, you have 10 days or 15 days to decide about your targets.

“They’re talking with many agents for many opportunities and Buendia is one of the chances.

“But also Norwich want to keep the player so it won’t be so easy.

“It’s absolutely normal to wait a bit in this situation.”

However, Norwich boss Daniel Farke has issued a ‘hands-off’ warning to any potential buyers, saying: “Emi is a key player for us, an important member of the group, and he is totally committed to us.

“He is our player and will continue to be our player. He is on a long-term contract so we keep him.

“Everyone knows his qualities – I don’t expect interest just because he scored a wondergoal today. People know what he can do.”

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