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Norwich boss Farke speaks openly about Buendia’s transfer speculations

With the Canaries back in the first division next season, the uncertainty around the Argentinian’s future is increasing.

03/05/2021

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What did the Norwich boss say?

When asked about Buendia's future, D. Farke said, "Of course, if one of the best clubs in the world wants Emi as a starter and makes an unbelievable offer, then it could be a realistic solution for all parties. But Emi is a key player and it is always our task to make sure that we keep the key players. It is due to the great work of Stuart Webber we have them under long-term contracts." "That means if a club wants them they have to invest an unbelievable amount of money. If there is a club who want to put some crazy offers out then maybe you use this to help the club in the future, but as a head coach my first thought is to work further on with our key players."

Which clubs are tracking Buendia's situation?

West Ham United

D. Moyes's side are eager to get Buendia this summer, reports the Sunday Mirror. West Ham are having a wonderful season as the club looks set for a European campaign next season. If they end the season with wins in all the remaining games and Chelsea drop a few points, we might witness the hammers in the Champions League next season. Buendia is their primary target as a replacement for Lingard.

One of West Ham's magnificent performers this season is their January signing, J. Lingard. The 28-year-old has been a breath of fresh air. His career looked finished at Manchester United, and when the hammers signed him, there wasn't any expectation around him.

West Ham United were having a great season, and it seemed impossible for Lingard to improve a side that is already in terrific form. However, Lingard didn't simply make his place into the side but is the club's best player since his arrival. His numbers with the London club are exceptional. He has 9 goals and 3 assists in 11 Premier League appearances this season.

With his performances grabbing all the headlines, it seems that his parent club will want him back next season. O. Solskjær's side lacks strength in depth in that position, and an in-form Lingard would be like a new signing.

West Ham are preparing themselves for life after Lingard as they look heavily interested in the Norwich City star. Buendia's performances for Norwich have been consistent for a few years now. The 24-year-old looks are ready to step up, and West Ham might be the next destination for him. However, with Moyes's style of play very different from what E. Buendía's playing in right now, this will be a tough decision for the Argentinian.

Aston Villa

Another club that exceeded all the expectations this season. D. Smith's side narrowly escaped relegation on the last matchday last season and were among the favourites to go down this season. However, an eventful summer in the transfer market worked as the Villans look to finish in the top half this season.

Despite being a very collectively solid side, they have relied heavily on their main man, J. Grealish. In 22 League appearances, Grealish is directly involved in 16 goals (10 assists, 6 goals). Without a shadow of a doubt, he is their best player by a margin, and it seems likely that he will depart this summer. Manchester United will push for him with a few abroad clubs also tracking him.

With Grealish's departure looking imminent this summer, Aston Villa will have to find a replacement with a similar skillset. Buendia looks like a perfect replacement. Not only due to his style of play but also regarding the financial aspect of it.

Buendia is quite different from Grealish in several ways. Although, he would be an incredible signing for the club to replace one of the world's best midfielders.

Arsenal

Arsenal are linked with Buendia's for almost two years now. The last time Norwich got relegated, that's where the Arsenal saga began. The gunners have always liked his performances overall, and this summer might be their best chance to sign him.

Multiple reports have claimed that if M. Ødegaard returns to Real Madrid, then Arsenal will put all of their eggs in Buendia's basket. Odegaard's performances have been impressive, and the club want him permanently, but the Spanish giants want him back.

Buendia will be a great player for M. Arteta Amatriain due to his excellent football brain and his versatility. Buendia is also a highly tactical player who understands a lot of different positional plays. Apart from his beautiful footballing qualities, his work rate is second to none. He can play in a midfield three and an attacking midfielder, a no.10, and also from either wing. His age also seems perfect for the gunners to get him.