Arsenal are looking to target Norwich City playmaker Emiliano Buendia with the club unsure over Martin Odegaard’s future, according to reports.
Premier League winners and losers brought us the baffling stat that over the last 23 games – more than 60% of the season – Arsenal are second in the Premier League behind Manchester City.
Despite that, many fans and pundits have been struggling to see progress under Mikel Arteta this campaign but the Spaniard will no doubt be at the helm again next term despite a few rumours to the contrary.
Arteta will be keen to be well backed by the Gunners’ owners in probably his most important transfer window since replacing Unai Emery as Arsenal boss in December 2019.
One position Arsenal will be targeting is a new playmaker with it looking unlikely that they will be able to hang onto Real Madrid loanee Odegaard.
And Goal claim Norwich City star Buendia ‘has moved to the top of their list of playmaker targets’ with the Gunners ‘stepping up their pursuit’ as they ‘look at alternatives’ to Odegaard.
Buendia has again starred for the Canaries as they were promoted back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, contributing 15 goals and 16 assists in the Championship this season.
That form has caught the attention of Arsenal, who are ‘preparing to firm up that interest’ but have ‘yet to make an official offer for Buendia.’
Goal adds that Arsenal ‘technical director Edu has started to step up the club’s interest in Buendia, who is keen on making the move to north London.’
With three years left on his contract at Carrow Road, the report claims that ‘Norwich are believed to want around £40 million for the attacking midfielder’.
Meanwhile, another player Arsenal have been heavily linked with is Rennes and France midfielder Eduardo Camavinga.
Only nine days ago a report said that Arsenal were ‘desperate’ to land Camavinga and that the club viewed him as a ‘game-changer’.
However, Spanish outlet Fichajes now claims that he has rejected a move to Arsenal this summer and it ‘is clear that the Emirates Stadium will not be the next destination in his career.’
The France international believes ‘he can aspire to a higher category team such as Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich.’