Arsenal target Emiliano Buendia keen to stay at Norwich City

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Emiliano Buendia is valued at £40m (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Arsenal’s hopes of signing Norwich City midfielder Emiliano Buendia have been dashed as the Argentine is keen to stay at Carrow Road until the end of the season.

Mikel Arteta has identified the 24-year-old as a replacement for Mesut Ozil, who is set to join Fenerbahce after agreeing to terminate his contract with the Gunners.

Buendia has seven goals and six assists for the promotion-pushing Canaries this term and he believes he is a Premier League-level player playing in the Championship.

However, the Argentine is keen to fulfill his promise of staying with the Canaries this season and he wants to help the club return to the top division before departing, according to Goal.

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Buendia in action against Arsenal last term (Picture: Getty)

Norwich are four points clear at the top of the Championship and the club have insisted they will not listen to offers for Buendia this month.

It’s claimed negotiations for Buendia have not gone beyond informal talks but that the midfielder’s representatives have spoken to Gunners director Edu over a move to the Emirates.

Norwich value the Argentine at around £40m but that price tag could increase should they earn promotion back to the Premier League, which may play on Arsenal’s mind this month.

However, Canaries boss Daniel Farke appeared to rule out the chances of any imminent move for the midfielder this month with comments last week.

‘He is a proper team-mate, concentrated in the training sessions and the last game,’ said Farke.

‘He is absolutely happy and knows he has a coach and team-mates who want him to be successful and love him.

‘Arsenal are one of the best clubs in this country and also Europe. But it makes no sense to have a move in January.’

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