The transfer window might have closed but it is still open. How do I mean, it is no news that the summer transfer window has closed in Europe but in England, it is only amongst Premier League teams, it is still open in the Championship. To this end, Premier League teams can still afford to shop from teams in the lower leagues.
Recent reports have it that West Ham are closing in on a move for Said Benrahma from Brentford. Arsenal is also weighing up a raid on another Championship side, Norwich City.
The Gunners have identified their attacking midfielder, Emiliano Buendia as a potential addition to their ranks. The young Argentine midfielder can double as a right winger or an attacking midfielder, hence it is not a surprise that Arsenal are considering a late move for him.
After completing the much touted signing of ace midfielder, Thomas Partey, the missing piece to complete Mikel Arteta’s rebuilding of the midfield is an attacking midfielder. Having failed with a bid for Lyon’s attacking midfielder, Houssem Aouar, Arteta is not resting on his oars as he seeks to plug that hole.
Buendia looks like a perfect fit, in a dismal Premier League outing for Norwich, he was one of the few shinning lights and not a surprise that he could be making a swift return back to the Premier League with Arsenal though the Gunners would have to fight off the interests of fellow Premier League returnees, Leeds United who are also keen on the Argentine.
Should Arsenal decide to concretize the interest, it would not be such a herculean task to complete the deal. Buendia will not cost an arm and a leg in transfer fees and wages as it is reported that the Championship outfit are willing to accept a fee in the region of 20million Pounds for their star man, that should not be beyond Arsenal’s reach to pay.
Arsenal might not be in the Champions League like other top sides but being in the Europa league is still an edge they have over Leeds United which could sway the player’s decision if it comes down to player’s choice though the presence of Marcelo Bielsa could also be a factor as the player might be swayed by the desire to link up with his countryman.
For Arsenal, a successful move for Buendia could represent a coup of some sort as that would give Arteta some tactical flexibility as Buendia has the versatility to play on both the wings and central attacking midfield. His ability to create chances is also not in doubt. What would likely endear him to Arteta is his work rate, he is noted for his love for tackles which would come in good stead for Arteta’s pressing game.
For Arsenal, a move for Buendia represents a second bite at the cherry, it is expected that Arsenal will make the most of it .