Confusion over 2nd Arsenal bid for £35m playmaker

Norwich City's Emi Buendia celebrates with the trophy after the Sky Bet Championship match at Oakwell Stadium, Barnsley. Picture date: Saturday, May 8, 2021. Copyright: Mike Egerton
Norwich City's Emi Buendia celebrates with the trophy after the Sky Bet Championship match at Oakwell Stadium, Barnsley. Picture date: Saturday, May 8, 2021. Copyright: Mike Egerton

Arsenal may or may not have made a second bid for Emi Buendia of Norwich City, depending on which source you believe.

NORWICH, ENGLAND: Emi Buendia of Norwich City celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Barnsley at Carrow Road on January 02, 2021. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND: Emi Buendia of Norwich City celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Barnsley at Carrow Road on January 02, 2021. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Writing on Friday afternoon, Sky Sports reported that one source told them Arsenal had made a second offer of £35m for Emi Buendia after their initial £30m bid was rejected. However, another source told them Norwich hadn’t received any bids at all.

The BBC follow that line, claiming that reports of bids being made are “thought to be premature”. But both Sky and the BBC agree that Arsenal, Aston Villa, and a European club are interested in Buendia.

Jorge Baravalle claims Arsenal have indeed made a second offer, of close to €40m (£34.4m), but Chris Wheatley says he hasn’t heard about a second bid yet and there’s no rush from Norwich or Buendia to complete a deal.

Connor Southwell of Norwich outlet Pink Un suggests that the clubs might be talking to agents and between themselves before making an ‘official’ bid, so this could be the reason for the confusion.

Despite the lack of clarity on a bid, there has been one interesting development, with multiple sources revealing that Norwich have already bought out Getafe’s sell-on clause for Buendia.

The BBC, Southwell, and Wheatley confirm that Norwich bought the clause a couple of years ago and Getafe won’t therefore be owed any money for Buendia’s sale if it happens.