Emi Buendia has medical in Argentina as Arsenal outbid by £3m

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)

Emi Buendia has completed his medical ahead of a move to Aston Villa in a deal that is expected to be announced ‘imminently.

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

According the Mail on Sunday, Arsenal were outbid for Emi Buendia. Arsenal reportedly bid £30m plus add-ons, however Aston Villa bid £33m plus add-ons that could take the deal to £40m.

Personal terms with the player have been agreed and his medical was completed in Argentina, with the player currently on international duty. This follows on from reports on Saturday that confirmed the deal to bring Buendia to Aston Villa was done.

The MoS also claim that Arsenal placed the bid after being told that Martin Odegaard would cost £50m.

Aston Villa sign Emi Buendia - Mail on Sunday, 6/6/21
Aston Villa sign Emi Buendia – Mail on Sunday, 6/6/21

There is a lot of anger in the Arsenal fanbase over this failed move and it doesn’t look great to be outmanoeuvred by Aston Villa (no offence). More, it seems to confirm a lot of people’s views that the team at Arsenal charged with completing transfers don’t really have what it takes to get the necessary deals done.

That being said, it is still very early in the summer – the window hasn’t even opened yet – and perhaps we should be asking ourselves how upset should we really be in missing out on a Championship player none of our supposed rivals above us were interested in?

I guess we will find out by the end of the summer.