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Arsenal are poised to get creative in their attempts to sign Norwich playmaker Emiliano Buendia in January, and could use players like Reiss Nelson or Joe Willock in a more effective player deal.
Buendía was a beacon of light in a doomed Premier League campaign for Norwich last season. It was fun to watch them during the first part of the campaign and, as is known, they defeated Manchester City at the peak of their powers, but lost their last ten games by going down with a groan.
Despite his struggles, Argentine Buendía shone with eight assists throughout the competition, and his impressive form has continued with the Canarias’ readjustment to the Championship. Seven goals and seven assists have helped them drive a four-point gap at the top of the division, and they are desperate to keep the 24-year-old through the second half of the season amid much interest in his signing.
Arsenal are one of the clubs believed to be at the forefront of the queue as they look for a new attacking midfielder in the January window. According to The independent, they will have to ditch the players before bringing in more, and that has prompted them to ‘investigate’ the possibility of submitting a more effective player offer for Norwich’s prized asset.
Willock and Nelson are the two named players and it is believed that Arteta would be willing to part ways with either of them to secure a long-term goal in Buendía.
However, an agreement is said to be still “somewhat far” from being reached, and Arsenal have yet to decide on Buendía as their main target. Fabrizio Romano He further adds that he is “one of the options”, but that the focus is still selling players first, with Mesut Ozil, Sokratis and Sead Kolasinac, who have already secured a loan agreement to Schalke, wow, Fab! on the agenda.
In terms of income, 90min understands that Celtic’s Ryan Christie is being considered, while Real Madrid’s Isco and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar have also been named, although the latter looks ambitious in January considering the Gunners’ financial situation.