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Transfer Rumour: Race For Buendia Hots Up As Arsenal Submit Second Bid

Norwich reportedly want at least £40m for Emiliano Buendia, who could soon make his debut for Argentina; One source has told Sky Sports News that Arsenal have put in a second offer worth believed to be worth in the region of £35m after an initial one of £30m was rejected, whilst at the same time Aston Villa also remain interested in 24-year-old attacking midfielder.

Another big European club is said to be interested, and Sky Sports News has reported interest from Atletico Madrid and Valencia in the past.

Buendia is currently part of the Argentina squad preparing for the Copa America but missed out on his debut in the 1-1 draw with Chile on Friday.

The 24-year-old has been a undeniable success story for Norwich City's recruitment policy, with Buendia delivery a total of 24 goals and a further 42 assists since he was signed by the club for just a little over £1m from Spanish side Getafe in 2018.

Transfer Rumour: Norwich City Expected To Launch Bid For Celtic Defender

This morning, The Celtic Star reported that Kris Ajer has expressed his desire to leave Celtic during the summer. Ajer spoke to the Norwegian media and signaled his intent to move on, whilst also stating “Something is going to happen this summer.” Newcastle United and Bayer Leverkusen have been linked with the player, but reports in the Glasgow Times suggest that a bid from Norwich City is now imminent.

The Canaries won the EFL Championship in emphatic fashion and boss Daniel Farke is looking to bolster his squad ahead of a return to the Premier League.

Ajer is reportedly among the players that Norwich would like to bring in to sure up the defence at Carrow Road and the English club’s Director of Football (Stuart Webber) was at Paradise to watch the Norwegian centre back during several SPFL matches last season.

With only one year remaining on his contract, it is unlikely that the Hoops will receive a substantial offer for Ajer, but if Norwich are first to test the water then a bidding war with other clubs may ensue.

 

Transfer Rumour: Formal Bids In From Arsenal & Villa For Buendia

Arsenal and Aston Villa will test the resolve of Norwich City after reportedly launching £30million bids for Emi Buendia.

The playmaker, recently named the Championship’s Player of the Season, looks set to leave Carrow Road this summer, and was originally linked with an Arsenal move last year, but the Gunners failed to act on their interest.

According to football.london, Arsenal have learnt from their mistake and submitted a formal offer of £30million.

Their bid has been matched by Aston Villa, who also rate the Argentinian highly and want to land his signature.

Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber has made it clear Norwich are open to selling some of their best players in the coming months as it forms part of their business model.

Buendia could follow in the footsteps of James Maddison and Ben Godfrey by taking the next step in his career.

However a deal will depend on the Canaries’ valuation. They won’t want to lose such an influential player for an unsuitable fee.

Arsenal and Aston Villa’s chances of signing Buendia are boosted by the recent comments of Stuart Webber.  He seemed to place a £30million price tag on the 24-year-old’s head earlier this week, saying: “If we do sell, it’s going to be a club-record deal.

“It’s probably going to start with a number three in front of it and that will give us great opportunities to maybe make the whole squad better as well. We’re really relaxed on that front.”

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is hoping to sign Buendia to provide more creativity in his midfield. The player could operate just in front of Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka, providing a link between them and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front.

His stats suggest he’s the perfect man to replace Martin Odegaard, who recently returned to Real Madrid at the end of his loan spell.  Last season Buendia registered 15 goals and 17 assists in 39 games, making him a worthy winner of the Championship’s individual award.

Villa are also interested as they hope to partner Buendia with Jack Grealish. Dean Smith reportedly wants Buendia in a central attacking midfield role next season, while putting Grealish on the left wing so he can cut inside.

Smith is also wary of Villa’s reduced creativity when Grealish is injured, so it’s hoped Buendia can lessen their reliance on their skipper going forward.

Transfer News: Norwich Put £30m+ Price Tag On Top Stars

Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber has warned clubs looking to sign some of the Canaries’ top stars that a fee of at least £30m will be needed to prise them away.

The Yellows have had a fine year and head back to the Premier League in great shape, with them now looking to build this summer and ensure they stay in the top flight for several years to come.

It’s a well-run club that is financially sound and that has laid the foundations to mean that they are in a position of strength when it comes to clubs looking to sign their players.

Emi Buendia has been linked with Arsenal and Aston Villa, for example, whilst Max Aarons has seen the likes of Newcastle United, Everton and Tottenham touted as interested in him.

And, that said, it’s clear that whoever comes in for them will need to be willing to spend big.

Speaking to the BBC, Webber explained:

“If we do sell one, it’s going to be a club-record deal.

“It’s probably going to start with a number three in front of it and that will give us great opportunities to maybe make the whole better as well. We’re really relaxed on that front.”

Transfer Rumour: Norwich City Links To Celtic's Ryan Christie Continue

Norwich City linked midfielder Ryan Christie from Celtic is now also being targeted by Southampton, as per claims appearing in The Sun on Sunday (30.05.21, pg. 59).  With Celtic now facing a battle to keep hold of the highly rated Scottish international in the summer transfer window.

Christie, who is 26 years old, has been recently linked with Norwich and Burnley, as reported by the Scottish Sun, but reportedly Southampton are now in the running as well as the race for the player hots up.

His contract with the Glasgow team is currently set to expire in January so they may opt to cash in on him over the summer instead of losing him for nothing in 2022.

Norwich are currently preparing for life back in the Premier League after winning the Championship title with relative ease this season.

Daniel Farke’s Canaries are in need of some reinforcements and Christie is someone who would boost their midfield department which currently only has one fit senior player likely to be ready for the start of the new season.

Christie has been on the books at Celtic since 2015 and has been a key player for the Scottish Premiership giants, scoring 41 goals in 141 games for them to date.

He has helped the Hoops win all the trophies they can do during his time at Celtic Park and may fancy a crack at English football now.

Christie started his career at Inverness Caledonian Thistle and broke into their first-team as a youngster before going on to play 76 times for the Highlands club, chipping in with 10 goals.

Celtic came calling six years ago and he established himself as a regular in their side after a loan spell away at Aberdeen.

Transfers: Norwich Defender Phillip Heise Closing In On Permanent Exit

Norwich City defender Phillip Heise is closing in on a permanent switch to German side Karlsruher SC following his loan spell with the club this season, according to the Eastern Daily Press.

Heise has not been able to have much of an impact at all at Carrow Road since he made the move to Norwich from Dynamo Dresden in January 2019.

The left-back has only managed to feature once for the Canaries and that came in a surprising 1-0 defeat against Crawley Town in the Carabao Cup at the start of the 2019/20 campaign.

The defender did appear in the matchday squad a handful of times in the Premier League for Norwich, but he was then sent out on loan to Nuremberg and helped the German outfit remain in the second tier.

He has spent the current campaign out on loan with Karlsruher where the left-back has managed to make 29 appearances and scored one goal and provided five assists.

According to reports featuring in the Eastern Daily Press, Karlsruher’s sporting director has informed local media that the club are closing in on a move to re-sign Heise this summer.

It is believed that Norwich are looking for a permanent deal for the defender rather than another loan. While Daniel Farke’s side are also keen to shift on other first team outcasts on permanent deals as well.

Transfer Rumour: Norwich Interested In Espanyol Attacker Adrián Embarba

Norwich City and Watford are among a host of clubs that are claimed to be keeping tabs on Espanyol’s Adrián Embarba.

The versatile attacker, who can play down the flanks or centrally, has enjoyed a great season for the La Liga 2 outfit, scoring nine goals and registering 14 assists as the side secured an automatic return to the top-flight.

Such form has caught the eye, with Spanish outlet AS revealing that the newly-promoted duo are set to join the likes of Wolves, West Ham, Betis and Levante for the 29-year-old.

It’s unclear what sort of fee that Espanyol would demand for the player, although they paid Rayo Vallecano around €10m when they brought Embarba in during the January 2020 transfer window.

Norwich City and Watford are among a host of clubs that are keeping tabs on Espanyol’s Adrián Embarba.

The versatile attacker, who can play down the flanks or centrally, has enjoyed a great season for the La Liga 2 outfit, scoring nine goals and registering 14 assists as the side secured an automatic return to the top-flight.

Such form has caught the eye, with Spanish outlet AS revealing that the newly-promoted duo are set to join the likes of Wolves, West Ham, Betis and Levante for the 29-year-old.

It’s unclear what sort of fee that Espanyol would demand for the player, although they paid Rayo Vallecano around €10m when they brought Embarba in during the January 2020 transfer window.

Interestingly though, the report claims that the player wants to stay at Espanyol following their promotion, although the update states that he wants a new deal that reflects his importance in the squad, with the interested clubs set to offer him a big increase if he does leave.

Both the Hornets and the Canaries are sure to be prioritising attacking additions as they prepare for life back in the Premier League.

Transfer Rumour: Norwich City Make Enquiry For Forest Defender Joe Worrall

Norwich City and West Ham United have both made enquiries about Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall, according to reports appearing online and in The Sun.

Worrall has been a Nottingham Forest player for a decade now, having originally signed for the club’s youth academy in 2011 after snubbing local rivals Derby County.

Since returning from a loan spell at Scottish giants Rangers in the 2018/19 season, Worrall has become a key member of the Nottingham Forest squad.

Since the start of the 2019/20 season, Worrall has made 77 appearances for the Tricky Trees in the Championship.  During this time his performances in the second tier have caught the attention of West Ham and newly-promoted Norwich City, who have both enquired about the defender.

Apart from the Hammers and the Canaries, Burnley have also shown an interest in the defender as the Clarets are in the market for a centre-back.

With Worrall keen on playing in the Premier League next season, this could well accelerate the defender’s departure from the City Ground in the summer.