Why Norwich Director Finally Agree to Sell Emi Buendia to Arsenal

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NORWICH, ENGLAND: Emi Buendia of Norwich City celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Barnsley at Carrow Road on January 02, 2021. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

NORWICH, ENGLAND: Emi Buendia of Norwich City celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Barnsley at Carrow Road on January 02, 2021. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber says the club will sell Emi Buendia and others when their valuation is met.

In the January transfer window, reports linked Arsenal to a move for a creative midfielder. In the end, they signed Martin Odegaard on loan, but they also reportedly contacted Emi Buendia’s agent over a potential move.

Given Odegaard’s move is just a loan, it’s possible the club will go back for Buendia in the summer. It seems like a much more likely transfer at that stage anyway, rather than in the middle of their promotion charge.

Norwich City’s Stuart Webber says they aren’t going to be bullied into selling for less than their players are worth, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t willing to do a good deal.

“We have our valuation and if people don’t want to pay that, they don’t get them,” Webber said. “If someone wants to buy your house or my house, they can buy it if they meet the value.

“We don’t see it as us being unreasonable. We’re certainly not – but we do know what our players are worth, what we’ve done for them, and what we want to be compensated for if they were to go.

“We don’t want to sell them but we’re also realistic. At some point, their journey will end here, whatever division we’re in, and then it’s about us maximising the value we can get.”

Buendia is currently valued at around £14.4m but it is not clear what Norwich want for him at this point.

On Max Aarons, Todd Cantwell, and Emi Buendia specifically, Webber expects clubs to come in for them in the summer. He insists they’ll move onto good clubs when the time is right.

“It’s inevitable that interest will come for those three because they’re terrific players and very experienced now for their age,” Webber continued.

“When their journey here ends, we’ll make sure they get to a good place, like Ben (Godfrey), Jamal (Lewis) and James (Maddison) before them, because that’s part of what we do but, most importantly, their legacy has to be leaving Norwich in the best place it can be.”

Buendia has seven goals and seven assists in 24 games, but he and his team are going through a rough patch at the moment. His most recent appearance saw him earn a red card and miss two games, one of which was a damaging defeat to Swansea City.

Norwich are still top of the Championship at the time of writing, but they’re just two points clear of third-place having played a game more than both teams directly below them. They could well drop to second by the end of the night, as Brentford face Reading.

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