Norwich confirm Emiliano Buendia will not be sold for less than £30m amid Arsenal transfer speculation

Arsenal transfer target Emiliano Buendia celebrates after Norwich's Championship win over Barnsley
Arsenal have been heavily linked with Emiliano Buendia (Picture: Getty)

Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber says a club-record transfer fee is required for Emiliano Buendia if he is to leave this summer amid speculation linking the midfielder with Arsenal.

Buendia, 24, was named the Championship Player of the Season after helping the Canaries seal an immediate return to the Premier League with 15 goals and 16 assists across an eye-catching individual campaign.

The Argentine’s outstanding performances since swapping Getafe for Norwich have caught the attention of Arsenal, who first considered a bid for his services in January before going on to complete a loan deal for Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard.

And the Gunners have reportedly revived their move for Buendia, with talks already underway over a possible big-money switch to the Emirates ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

Emi Buendia looks on during Norwich's clash with Bournemouth
Buendia scored 15 goals as Norwich sealed promotion back to the Premier League (Picture: Getty)

But Webber insists Norwich are ‘really relaxed’ over star trio Buendia Todd Cantwell and Max Aarons, despite intense speculation they could be on their way out of Carrow Road.

‘If we do sell one, it’s going to be a club-record deal,’ he told BBC Sport.

‘It’s probably going to start with a number three in front of it and that will give us great opportunities to maybe make the whole better as well.

‘We’re really relaxed on that front.’

Norwich's most expensive departures

Ben Godfrey (£24.75m – Everton)

James Maddison (£22.5m – Leicester)

Jamal Lewis (£14.85m – Newcastle)

Robbie Brady (£13.6m – Burnley)

Nathan Redmond (£12.15m – Southampton)

Webber brushed off the suggestion that Norwich will have to spend big to give themselves a chance of survival in the English top flight next term.

‘You can spend £120m net and get relegated. That’s been proven more than once,’ he added.

‘We can’t go all in now just to try to stay up for one season because, if we get relegated, we’re in deep, deep trouble.

‘You can do that if you have a rich benefactor who says: “Spend £100m – if it goes wrong, then I can actually afford to write that off.” We don’t have that.

‘Our version of that would be to go into administration. We can’t take that risk.’

Buendia fuelled rumours of an impending move away from Norwich earlier this month as he underlined his ambitions to play at the ‘highest level’.

‘You always dream of being at the highest level and in the best teams in England, Spain and Europe,’ he told AS Argentina.

‘You dreams of challenging for titles, it is an ambition that I have.

‘It’s a source of pride that important clubs are interested in you as it means that you are doing things well and it provides motivation to continue working and one day achieve it.’

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