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Arsenal make their move to sign Emiliano Buendia
Arsenal have reportedly taken huge step in bid to land Norwich City playmaker Emiliano Buendia by opened talks with player representative and hope of get the deal done as soon as possible.
The Gunners have been long-term admirers of Argentine star, who is valued at £40million by newly-promoted Norwich with a percentage sell-on due to his former club Getafe.
Despite the Gunners were credited with an interest last summer, they never made the move, however, after tracking the midfielder’s progress at Carrow Road and witnessing his impressive form this season, Mikel Arteta is eager to add him to his ranks ahead of next season.
According to Dailymail, Arsenal’s new director of football Richard Garlick seems determined to make the 24-year old their first signing of the summer after understood that there is an acceptance that Buendia will leave in upcoming summer transfer window.
The reports explain in details that Richard Garlick wants to ensure his tenure gets off to a strong start, following a highly underwhelming season that saw Mikel Arteta’s side finish ninth place and missed out European competitions for the first time in 25 years.
The reports furthermore claimed, discussions have escalated quickly with newly-promoted Norwich eager to avoid a transfer saga dragging on through the summer.
The Carrow Road club anticipate offers of around £35million plus add-ons and Arsenal believed they’re ready to get the deal done early despite Aston Villa said to be interested in services of the 24-year-old.
Buendia, who netted 15 goals and contributed 17 assists across all competitions this season, named Norwich’s Player of the Season and the EFL Championship’s Player of the Season.
Arsenal ‘in talks to sign Edmond Tapsoba’ with Bayer Leverkusen star top of Edu shortlist
Arsenal have taken an huge step in order to sign Bayer Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba with the reports in Italy claim the Emirates chief have opened talk with Bundesliga giant over the highly-rated defender.
Tapsoba, 22, has been establish himself as one of the best centre-back in the Bundesliga since arriving from Vitoria Guimaraes in January 2020 for £15.5million.
With David Luiz set to depart upon the expiry of his contract, the Gunners are looking to strengthen their defensive unit with Burkina Faso international.
It’s an area that has proved a weakness for the Gunners this season, particularly during their mid-season blip last November.
Mikel Arteta wants to strengthen at the back and has discussed a list of targets with club technical director Edu Gasper heading into the summer.
According to Italian journalist Gianluigi Longari, Tapsoba is top of the Gunners’ shortlist and the club have now initiated talks for the defender.
Arsenal handed boost in signing Yves Bissouma with Brighton’s interest in Eddie Nketiah
Arsenal could sign Brighton star Yves Bissouma in a part-exchange deal, which could see club academy graduate Eddie Nketiah move in the opposite direction, reports by Brighton journalist Aden-Jay Wood.
It has been reported that the Seagulls want £40million to part company with the Mali box-to-box midfielder, but Arsenal could lower the price with a part-exchange deal.
It is understood that the south coast outfit keen on strengthen their forward with potential arrive of striker and have their sights on Nketiah, who has a year left on his Gunners contract.
The Englishman could be used as a makeweight by the north London club to secure the services of Bissouma ahead of their league rivals.
Bissouma, who has two years remaining on his contract, establish himself as one of best young midfielder in the Premier League.
His excellent performances in the Seagulls middle of the park, attracted interest from Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal, who believed they’re confident in win his signature.
Bissouma, meanwhile, involved in social media activities with several Gunners account especially in recent weeks.
He was share talks with Nicolas Pepe following Sunday’s clash between Arsenal and Brighton while also share pictures with Ivorian star same day at Emirates stadium.
Willian ‘keen to return to Chelsea’ amid Emirates struggles
Arsenal winger Willian is reportedly keen on a return to Stamford Bridge following a tough period in north London with the Mikel Arteta’s side.
The Brazilian star made the move to Emirates after his Chelsea contract expired last summer, however, the winger has only managed one goal in 37 appearances during a torrid season.
And with Mikel Arteta’s side planning a major rebuild in the summer after ended the season in ninth position, Willian could be allowed to move on to free up funds new signing during the summer transfer window.
And report by Sky Sports, claim a number of club in Europe, including David Beckham’s Inter Miami, are interested in his services, however, Chelsea would be Willian’s choice.
‘This promises to be another busy summer for Arsenal,’ reports Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Sheth.
‘We shouldn’t expect big-money arrivals due to the financial hit the club took during the pandemic – as well as another season out of the Champions League.
‘Willian is another player who may be allowed to leave, despite having two years remaining on his deal.’
Willian’s contract currently runs until 2023, and Arsenal could sell this summer – when they could command the highest fee for the 32-year-old winger, who struggled to delivered a big impression since arrived at Emirates stadium.
The Brazilian winger spent seven years with the Blues, and in that time, he racked up two Premier League titles, an FA Cup triumph, and a Europa League victory.