This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Norwich City reportedly want £40 million for playmaker Emi Buendia this summer.
The Argentine’s 14 goals and 17 assists have been key as the Canaries have won promotion back to the Premier League and are now just one game away from the Championship title.
But is he worth it? And who would pay that money in the summer?
We asked our writers for their thoughts…
First and foremost, I’d say that’s definitely the right place.
Buendia is an exceptional talent who has been so impressive in the Championship this season.
Without him, Norwich may not have been as rampant as they have been this season in their pursuit of the title.
In terms of who may pay that, though, is a different story. Finances are likely to be quite tight this year, and the likes of Aston Villa may struggle to pay that.
For me, it screams of an Arsenal signing.
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He’s definitely worth that money in the current market but realistically I can only see clubs in the top half of the Premier League paying it.
Arsenal have been strongly linked in the past and I think he would fit in nicely there if truth be told.
He has earnt to right to command such a fee and I’m looking forward to seeing him back playing at the top level.
Whether Norwich sell him is another matter entirely, however they have put themselves in a strong position to make a big profit if they do.
There’s absolutely no doubting that Buendia is deserving to be back in the top flight after the personal season he’s had with Norwich, but that price may put suitors off.
In the Premier League last season, Buendia scored just once but added seven assists to that tally – that side of his game was good but his failure to find the back of the net in that campaign would be a big concern if you’re one of the teams who are considering going in for him.
He may just be an all-around better player now though – 14 Championship goals from the wing is very good however the Premier League is a different kettle of fish.
Is he a £40 million player? If Ismaila Sarr is being touted for the same kind of money then Buendia has to be as well, but I struggle to believe that the teams linked are going to pay that much for the Argentinian – but perhaps if Arsenal don’t get Martin Odegaard permanently then they could be the one team who splash out as they seem to be the most interested long-term.