The one thing stopping Emi Buendias transfer from Norwich to Arsenal in January – Football.London

The one thing stopping Emi Buendias transfer from Norwich to Arsenal in January – Football.London

Just under two weeks into the transfer window and Arsenal have been very busy.

William Saliba and Sead Kolasinac have already left on loan, while Sokratis and Mesut Ozil are expected to follow them out the door very soon.

However, in terms of incomings it has been a lot quieter at the Emirates.

Edu revealed last month that the Gunners’ priority in terms of recruitment is a central attacking midfielder to solve their creative problems in the final third.

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In recent weeks Emile Smith Rowe has stepped up to fill in this role. The 20-year-old has a goal and two assists in his most recent four starts for Arsenal and has been integral to their sudden turnaround in form.

Despite this though, the player’s inexperience and injury record mean that Arsenal remain on the hunt for a number 10 this January.

Isco and Julian Brandt have both been linked, but rumours on the Spaniard have died down in recent weeks, while football.london understands that Brandt remains intent on staying at Borussia Dortmund to fight for his place.

Rumours relating to Emi Buendia though remain as strong as ever.

The Argentinian midfielder has scored seven goals and seven assists this season in the Championship to build on the impressive form he showed in the Premier League last season.

However, the Gunners may struggle to get a deal done for Buendia this January.

As the ongoing financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic continue to affect the club, Arsenal have recently had to take out a £120m loan from the government in order to help cash flow.

Emiliano Buendia remains on Arsenal’s radar. (Image: Alex Livesey/Getty Images).

This does not bode well for Mikel Arteta‘s side in their attempts to sign a player who is likely to be expensive.

football.london understands that the reports claiming Norwich want £40m for Buendia are slightly over the top, but it is still highly probable that the Canaries will demand a sizeable fee for one of their prize assets.

Daniel Farke’s side sit four points clear at the top of the Championship and with the financial rewards for promotion to the Premier League reportedly standing at around £170m, it will take a considerable offer for them to consider letting the Argentinian go.

Speaking about the likelihood of the player leaving this month Farke was adamant that the 24-year-old would not be going anywhere.

“Emi is a key player for us, an important member of the group, and he is totally committed to us,” said the German.

“He is our player and will continue to be our player – he is on a long-term contract with the club so we keep him.”

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Come the summer when high earners like Ozil, Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi and David Luiz will all have left the club there is expected to be more instead of financial capacity at the Emirates.

This would perhaps make a move for Buendia more likely then than in the middle of a winter window when prices for players can become notoriously inflated.

It’s not impossible that Arsenal will stump up the cash like they did in the summer for Thomas Partey. The Kroenke’s are reportedly happy to back their manager, and did but forward the funds to sign the Ghanaian in the summer. It’s impossible to rule anything out, but a move in the summer is looking the far more likely option.