Arsenal target Emiliano Buendia expected to leave Norwich in the summer

Buendia has lit up the Championship
Buendia has lit up the Championship (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal have received a boost in the race for Emiliano Buendia, with the Norwich City playmaker reportedly expected to leave the club in the summer transfer window.

The Gunners finished the season in eighth place, meaning they will not be involved in European competition for the first time in a quarter of a century.

Mikel Arteta is set to overhaul his squad, and one of the players the Spanish boss is keen on keeping around is Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard, who joined the club in January.

The Gunners are looking at Buendia as an alternative to Odegaard
The Gunners are looking at Buendia as an alternative to Odegaard (Picture: Getty Images)

‘We have a very clear and strong opinion on what we would like to do,’ said Arteta after the 2-0 win over Brighton on the final day of the season.

‘He’s not our player. We will have discussions in the next few weeks.’

With another loan deal, or permanent move, for Odegaard hanging in the balance, the Gunners are said to view Buendia as a viable alternative.

The 24-year-old picked up the Championship player of the year award as he helped fire Norwich to the Premier League with an impressive tally of 15 goals and 17 assists as the Canaries stormed to the title in England’s second tier.

And according to The Athletic, both the player and club accept that he is ready to take the next step in his career and is therefore set to leave in the summer.

The report states that interested parties including the Gunners, Aston Villa and a ‘major continental outfit’ would need to shell out in excess of £40million to snap up the Argentine.

Both Arteta and Arsenal’s technical director Edu are said to rate Buendia highly, while Norwich won’t prevent him leaving should a presentable offer come in.

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