Aston Villa has agreed on a club-record fee of £33 million for Norwich City midfielder Emiliano Buendia. Villa has acted quickly to stave off Arsenal’s interest. The Argentine, 24, was the Canaries’ player of the season last season when they won the Championship and returned to the Premier League.
He had 15 goals and 16 assists while creating more chances than any other player in the division. The deal, which could be worth £38 million if add-ons are included, is nearing completion, with personal conditions negotiated and a medical previously completed in Argentina. The overall price, which includes a 10% sell-on clause, outstrips the £28 million fees paid to Brentford for Ollie Watkins last summer, which increased to £32 million with add-ons.
Buendia joined Norwich from Getafe in June 2018 for slightly more than £1 million, and he has since scored 24 goals and given 42 assists in his three years at Carrow Road. Although Villa has moved closer to winning the race, Arsenal is still in talks with him and is not giving up hope of enticing him to north London.
Buendia has achieved promotion twice in his three years at Norwich, while also appearing in 36 Premier League games as the Canaries were demoted in 2019-20. Buendia is now a member of Argentina’s team preparing for the Copa America, though he did not make his senior international debut in Friday’s 1-1 draw with Chile.