Arsenal target Emi Buendia explains his ‘dreams’ ahead of possible summer transfer
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Emi Buendia has admitted he is flattered by interest from “important clubs” and says he wants to be as good as Kevin De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes. The Norwich City midfielder looks set to leave the club in the summer transfer window, with Arsenal one of the possible destinations.
Buendia won the Championship Player of the Season award for 2020/21 after contributing 15 goals and 16 assists in 39 league appearances for the Canaries.
The 24-year-old was the stand-out player in the second tier and appears destined for a transfer, despite Norwich earning promotion back to the Premier League.
According to The Athletic, Norwich are aware of the interest in their star player and accept that they will have to let him go this summer, if the right bid comes in.
However, the Argentine playmaker is under contract until June 2024 and it would reportedly require a fee of more than £40million to lure him away from Carrow Road.
Arsenal and Aston Villa have both been linked with a move for Buendia, who has made it clear that he is open to a new challenge.
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“One always dreams of being at the highest level and in the best teams in England, Spain or Europe,” he told AS.
“One dreams of playing for titles, it is an ambition that I have, it is a pride that important clubs are interested in you, it means that you are doing things well and it is a motivation to continue working and one day achieve it.
“Since I was a child, I was passionate about soccer and you grow up with players you watch. Not only in the position that I would like to play, as I still do today.
“I look a lot in England on Kevin De Bruyne or Bruno Fernandes, who are decisive in their teams and among the best in the world, there is no maximum age to continue learning from the best.”
Buendia has been a consistent performer for Norwich since joining the team in a £1.29m (€1.5m) transfer from Getafe three years ago.
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He played on the right of Norwich’s attack this season, but is most comfortable drifting into central positions where he can create chances and score goals.
“My position was always No 10, the hook, between the middle and the forward,” he explained.
“I was always a passer, but in a professional way I played more outside and always with the freedom to be able to associate.
“But where I feel most comfortable is in the middle, where I can touch the ball more and associate with my team-mates.”
Arsenal want to sign a creative attacking midfielder and could move for Buendia even if they manage to sign Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard on a permanent deal.
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