Arsenal submit fresh bid for Emiliano Buendia after Norwich reject first offer

Emi Buendia of Norwich City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich City at Hillsborough Stadium on March 14, 2021 in Sheffield, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Buendia is set to leave Norwich (Picture: AMA/Getty)

Arsenal have reportedly upped their bid for Norwich star Emiliano Buendia as the look to beat Aston Villa to the attacking midfielder.

The Gunners saw a £30million bid knocked back by Norwich, who are holding out for £40m.

With both Villa and Arsenal pushing hard for his signature, the Canaries – who have just been promoted to the Premier League – feel they’re in a strong position to command a hefty fee.

Arsenal aren’t yet ready to meet their demands but have tested their resolve with a £35m offer, according to Sky Sports.

Buendia was hugely influential in Norwich’s Championship title run.

He was named the division’s best player, having scored 14 goals and provided 16 assists.

Mikel Arteta the Manager of Arsenal is interviewed before the Premier League match between Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on May 23, 2021 in London, England.
Arteta is keen on Buendia (Picture: Getty)

Norwich are willing to sell him this summer but their position has been strengthened after they secured promotion.

As well as interest from Premier League outfits Arsenal and Villa, Spanish sides Atletico Madrid and Valencia are also thought to be keen on a move.

Villa also saw a £30m bid rejected by Norwich and would have to break their transfer record to sign the Argentine.

They bought a player for £30m for the first time last summer, picking up Ollie Watkins from Brentford.

Watkins went on to make 19 direct goal contributions in his first full season in the Premier League.

Arsenal have spent more than £40m on four occasions in moves for Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Thomas Partey and Alexandre Lacazette.

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