Arsenal are ready to ‘step up’ their interest in Emiliano Buendia as the club consider alternatives to Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard.
Mikel Arteta is keen to add creativity to his side this summer and is hopeful of extending Odegaard’s spell with Arsenal for at least a further season, though the uncertainty surrounding Zinedine Zidane’s future as Real Madrid manager has led the club to consider alternative targets.
The Norway international arrived on loan during the winter window and has become a key figure in the side, though a change in management in Spain could see Odegaard handed his chance at the Bernabeu next season.
According to Goal, Arteta and technical director Edu have begun assessing alternative targets with the latter particularly keen on the signing of Buendia, the Argentine having been instrumental in Norwich’s promotion as Championship winners this season.
Buendia has spent three seasons with the Canaries and has impressed with his ability to create chances, the midfielder amongst the club’s shining lights despite relegation from the Premier League in 2019/20, before starring as arguably the second tier’s best player this term.
The 24-year-old scored 15 goals and provided a division-leading 16 assists for Norwich and has been identified as a player who could add invention and goal threat to the Arsenal side.
No player in the Championship created more chances than Buendia during the 2020/21season and Norwich will demand a fee of around £40m for a player recently called up by Argentina at international level.