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Aston Villa have reportedly ‘moved ahead’ of Arsenal in the pursuit of Norwich City star Emi Buendia. Both Villa and Arsenal are reported to have made £30million offers for Buendia in recent days. The Argentine is in demand after a stunning season for Norwich in their promotion back to the Premier League.
Buendia was named Championship player of the season after scoring 15 goals and registering 16 assists in his 39 appearances.
Villa are keen to bolster their attacking resources after finishing 11th under Dean Smith.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta also wants to bring in an attacking midfielder.
Martin Odegaard is his first choice but it remains to be seen if a deal to bring the Norway international back to the club can be thrashed out with Real Madrid.
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So Buendia is an alternative for the Gunners.
Sky Sports have reported that Arsenal have submitted a second offer of £35m after Norwich rejected their first.
However, Goal are now reporting that Villa are in the box seat to sign the 24-year-old.
Villa are said to be closer to matching Norwich’s demands than Arsenal.
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Norwich want up to £40m for Buendia, who still has three years remaining on his deal at Carrow Road.
Speaking last month, Canaries sporting director Stuart Webber confirmed the club would only accept a club-record bid for their top players.
The highest fee Norwich have ever received for a player was when they sold Ben Godfrey to Everton for around £25m last summer.
“If we do sell one, it’s going to be a club record deal,” Webber said.
“It’s probably going to start with a number three in front of it.
“That will give us great opportunities to maybe make the whole better as well. We’re really relaxed on that front.”
Speaking earlier this year, Norwich boss Daniel Farke said the club would need to be financially rewarded to sell players like Buendia.
“We have to be realistic, we are a self-funding club and will always have to develop our players,” 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.
“If there is a club who wants 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.”
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