Arsenal will face stiff competition from Spanish side Valencia for the signature of Emiliano Buendia this month, according to reports. The Norwich City forward has been linked with a move to north London in recent weeks, with the 24-year-old continuing to impress on a regular basis for the Championship table-toppers.
Buendia was widely expected to leave the Norfolk club during the summer after their relegation from the Premier League was confirmed, but ultimately remained with the Canaries amid reported transfer interest from a host of top-flight sides.
He has provided 14 combined goals and assists in 17 league appearances this season.
Arsenal are said to be eyeing the Argentinian as a solution to the lack of creativity that has plagued them throughout the current campaign.
However, Valencia have now entered the race to secure his services according to Spanish outlet La Razon.
The report states that the La Liga club are keen to sign Buendia this month ahead of the Gunners, with a potential move for the forward seen as ‘quite affordable’.
Valencia previously scouted the 24-year-old during his time at divisional rivals Getafe before joining Norwich.
It is claimed that Buendia is viewed as an alternative to number one transfer target Harry Winks.
The Mestalla club are understood to be looking to seal a loan agreement for the Tottenham and England midfielder, who is targeting regular game time in order to boost his prospects of being selected in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad.
If they are unsuccessful in their pursuit of Winks, they may turn their attention to Buendia.
The Norwich star addressed the speculation surrounding his future earlier this week, reassuring supporters that he is happy at Carrow Road and fully focused on helping his side complete an immediate return to the Premier League.
“It is true that there was a lot of talk in the summer, after relegation, about the possibility that both I and other team-mates could leave the team to continue in the Premier League,” he said.
“However, I always had my head in this club. I belong to Norwich, I have to do things well for my team. Tomorrow we will see, but I never had my head outside the objectives, to work so that my club does well.
“As this season unfolds, we are doing well and I am very happy to be here. We are in a good position, I am feeling important, I am adding goals and assists for my teammates.”
Buendia’s comments were echoed by Canaries boss Daniel Farke, who stressed that he is not worried by the prospect of his star man leaving the club this month.
“Emi is a key player for us, an important member of the group, and he is totally committed to us,” said Farke.