Norwich City manager Daniel Farke is “99%” sure that attacking midfielder Emi Buendia will be staying at Carrow Road this month.
Arsenal are known to be very interested in the Argentine playmaker but Farke says it would not be sensible for the Canaries to sell one of their best players midway through the season:
“No, nothing will happen. In this business you can never say 100 per cent guarantee, but I would label it 99 per cent. It makes no sense for any of my key players to leave at this moment. And it makes no sense for us as a club right now to sell any of my players.”
“These players have the potential to play for one of the best clubs in this country, and Arsenal [are] definitely one of the best in this country and also Europe. They have the potential to play there one day, but it makes no sense in January. Let’s be honest we are in a great position.”
Norwich currently sit four points clear at the top of the Championship table after 24 games, and Buendia has played a key role, scoring seven goals and providing seven assists in 20 appearances.
The 24-year-old’s representatives are reportedly in regular contact with the Gunners’ technical director Edu but there is no desire to force through a move to the Emirates.
With the Canaries believed to have slapped a £40m asking price on Buendia, it seems Farke is right to be confident about keeping the midfielder, with Arsenal highly unlikely to meet that valuation. It appears that the London club will now move on to other targets.