Arsenal are investigating a possible player-plus-cash deal for Emiliano Buendia, to try and persuade Norwich City to sell the highly-rated midfielder.
Mikel Arteta wants to continue his overhaul of the squad in January, and the emphasis will primarily be to offload players, especially since sources say that is necessary in order to then bring in new faces.
That is why a part-swap could further facilitate a deal, for a player who the Basque greatly admires, and sees as potentially influential in improving his side’s fluidity and creativity.
There has already been early discussions with Buendia’s agent about what a deal could look like, although it is still considered some way off.
Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson are among the players Arsenal are willing to offer Norwich.
Carrow Road boss Daniel Farke insisted that Buendia is going nowhere, although it is understood – as ever in these situations – the club will not stand in his way if they can get the right deal.
“Everyone knows his qualities – I don’t expect interest just because he scored a wondergoal today. People know what he can do.”