Norwich winger Emiliano Buendia has confirmed that he wants a “dream” return to the Premier League amid links with Leeds United.
According to the Daily Mail last month, Leeds had made an enquiry for the 23-year-old Argentinean but were told by Norwich they would have to pay over £25million for his services.
Although Norwich finished bottom of the Premier League last season, Buendia was one of the stand-out playmakers in the 2019/20 campaign.
Stats by Squakwa Football show that only Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish and Trent Alexander-Arnold created more chances than the Norwich star last season.
Most chances created in the 2019/20 Premier League season
𝟏 De Bruyne (136)
𝟐 Grealish (91)
𝟑 Alexander-Arnold (87)
𝟒 Buendia (83)
𝟓 Maddison (79)
𝟔 Moutinho (77)
𝟕 Willian (76)
𝟖 Digne 72)
𝟗 Ward-Prowse (62)
𝟏𝟎 Salah (61) pic.twitter.com/I1oPnV8dvA
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 27, 2020
PA journalist Nick Mashiter added last month that Buendia is a long-standing target for Leeds and it now seems that luring the playmaker to Elland Road isn’t going to be too difficult based on him wanting to return to the Premier League.
“From the first day I have been happy with the relationship with [Norwich]. They understand my situation and they know my dream is to be in a Premier League team,” Buenda told PA News agency, as quoted by Sky Sports via their live transfer blog on Tuesday [09:36am].
“I’m still here, I will fight for the team but if a very good offer for me arrives they are open. We’ll decide what’s best for everyone.
“Me and my family have loved the city since we arrived but I want to play in the best league in the world and would like to stay in a Premier League team.
“Until the day I leave the club I will fight for them. I’m thinking about playing well and helping the team. My head is here.
“I see clubs are interested in me. I love to hear that because it means Premier League teams want to get me in their team. I’m happy with that.”
Leeds have been linked with signing another winger before the transfer window closes and Rangers star Ryan Kent is someone who the Yorkshire club have tabled a bid for.
But what is interesting about a player like Buendia is that while the transfer window closes on October 5, English clubs can still do business with other English clubs up until October 16.
Buendia was suspended for Norwich’s matches against Luton and Huddersfield earlier this month but will be available to play against Preston this weekend so it will be interesting to see whether this interview leads to Daniel Farke omitting the Argentinean ace.
Leeds’ ears will have no doubt pricked up after seeing these quotes so this could be something for fans to keep a close eye on as we head towards October 16.
Norwich’s valuation might drop if they realise they have a player on their hands who can make them a good amount of money to strengthen their bid to win instant promotion back from the Championship.
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