Fabrizio Romano confirms Arsenal closing in on Leeds target Emiliano Buendia
Reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano has dented Leeds United hopes of signing Norwich City attacker Emiliano Buendia this summer.
The Sky Sports and Guardian journalist tweeted that Arsenal have restarted talks with the player’s representatives and the attacker is waiting on the talks to finish so he can join the London club for the 2021/22 Premier League campaign.
Emiliano Buendia is one of the options that Arsenal are seriously considering as potential new signing. He’s appreciated and #AFC board have re-started contacts with his agents after opening talks in December. ⚪️🔴
Buendia would accept a move to Arsenal and he’s now waiting. 🇦🇷
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 25, 2021
This will have come as a major blow to Leeds as the newly-promoted side were keen on signing the player for the past few months.
Recently, Norwich had confirmed that a few of their key players could be leaving the club in the summer, handing the Whites a momentary boost in their quest for the player.
However, with the player having his heart set on a move to Arsenal and with the two parties closing in on a deal, Leeds are now virtually out of the race.
Getting Buendia was always going to be a tough task, given the calibre of clubs that were keen on signing him.
The Argentine impressed last season with Norwich in the Premier League, and after going down to the Championship, he put in solid displays week in and week out – leading to him eventually winning Player of the Season.
In 39 league games, the 24-year-old scored 15 goals and provided 16 assists which guided the Canaries to automatic promotion.
Buendia would make most Premier League sides better, and we’re envious of Arsenal for getting a well-rounded player who could reach world-class levels in a couple of seasons should he continue improving at this rate.
He is known for his creativity and movement but is also easy on the eye with an ‘absolutely magnificent’ first touch as seen in this video shared by Sky Sports.
We’ll have to put our tails between our legs and move on to alternate targets. We’re likely to sign Jack Harrison on a permanent basis, but we’d like Leeds to sign another attacker, preferably someone who can help shoulder Patrick Bamford’s goal-scoring burden.
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