Emi Buendia: Norwich star dreaming big as Arsenal face Aston Villa transfer battle

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<p>Arsenal and Aston Villa are both chasing Norwich star Emi Buendia</p> (Getty Images)

Arsenal and Aston Villa are both chasing Norwich star Emi Buendia

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Arsenal and Aston Villa transfer target Emi Buendia says he “dreams of being at the highest level” and in the “best teams in England, Spain or Europe”.

The attacking midfielder has just finished a fine season with Norwich, where he helped the Canaries win the Championship.

Buendia won Championship Player of the Season honours and he has been rewarded with a call-up to the Argentina squad.

The 24-year-old is also attracting interest from clubs around Europe, with Arsenal and Aston Villa at the front of the queue.

Arsenal have a long-standing interest in Buendia and have scouted him extensively over the past 18 months.

Aston Villa are also fans of the playmaker, who scored 15 goals in the Championship this season from midfield.

Norwich value Buendia at close to £40million and won’t let him leave Carrow Road easily.

Buendia, for his part, is currently not forcing a move, but he has confessed that he is dreaming big going forward.

“One always dreams of being at the highest level and in the best teams in England, Spain or Europe,” he told AS.

“One dreams of playing for titles, it is an ambition that I have, it is a pride that important clubs are interested in you, it means that you are doing things well and it is a motivation to continue working and one day achieve it.

“Since I was a child, I was passionate about soccer and you grow up with players you watch. Not only in the position that I would like to play, as I still do today.

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“I look a lot in England on Kevin De Bruyne or Bruno Fernandes, who are decisive in their teams and among the best in the world, there is no maximum age to continue learning from the best.”

Buendia can play anywhere behind the striker, but speaking about his best position he said: “My position was always ‘10’, the hook, between the middle and the forward.

“I was always a passer, but in a professional way I played more outside and always with the freedom to be able to associate.

“But where I feel most comfortable is in the middle, where I can touch the ball more and associate with my team-mates.”

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