With Martin Odegaard planning to return to Real Madrid after his short loan spell at Arsenal, Emiliano Buendia emerged as the Gunners’ primary target for the vacant playmaking role in the squad.
Joining Arsenal on loan in January, the Norwegian 22-year-old playmaker quickly established himself as a key player in Mikel Arteta's plans. However, Madrid’s £51.6m price tag put the 22-year-old out of the reach of Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta’s side are keen to add another creative player as Odegaard’s replacement and has been long an admirer of Norwich’s Argentine superstar, who continues to perform at his highest levels as Norwich once again gained automatic promotion from Championship.
However, Aston Villa are now in pole position to complete the signing of the uncapped Argentine from Norwich as they are leading with a £40m bid on Norwich's midfielder.
Having their plans twisted, Arsenal are planning to strengthen in five different positions this summer as it’s been reported byFootball.London
Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana is said to be Arsenal’s leading target for their no. 1 position, while Arteta considers Ryan Bertrand and Hibernian’s Josh Daig for back-up fullback positions.
Yves Bissouma and Sander Berge are their midfield options, while the Gunners have been long admiring Max Aarons, Tariq Lamptey, and Achraf Hakimi.