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Aston Villa confirm agreement to sign Emi Buendia from Norwich

Jamie Spencer
Emi Buendia will join Aston Villa in a club record transfer
Emi Buendia will join Aston Villa in a club record transfer / Stephen Pond/Getty Images
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Aston Villa have confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Norwich over the signing of Argentine play-maker Emiliano Buendia, who was named 2020/21 Championship player of the season as he helped the Canaries back into the Premier League.

Buendia is currently part of a bio-secure bubble with Argentina ahead of this week’s World Cup qualifier against Colombia. He will undergo a Villa medical and formally complete the high-profile transfer after that game.

Villa have beaten Arsenal to the 24-year-old’s signature, despite the Gunners being confident that a deal could be done until Saturday evening when Dean Smith's side stormed ahead.

The transfer agreement is thought to be worth an initial £33m, inflated further by add-ons. It is both a club record for Villa, surpassing the initial £28m they paid to sign Ollie Watkins from Brentford last summer, and a biggest ever sale for Norwich.

Buendia scored 15 Championship goals and provided a further 16 assists during the 2020/21 campaign as the Canaries topped the table to make an instant return to the Premier League.

The Argentine, who was on the books of Real Madrid as a schoolboy, had previously impressed in the top flight and was statistically the fourth most creative player in 2019/20. He created 83 chances in 36 appearances, only eight fewer than Villa talisman Jack Grealish that season.

Norwich initially brought the player to England in the summer of 2018 after signing from Getafe, having seen him impress in Spain’s second division for Cultural Leonesa. He became an instant hit at Carrow Road and helped the club win the 218/19 Championship title.

Emi Buendia
Buendia has helped Norwich get promoted to the Premier League twice / George Wood/Getty Images

Norwich initially brought the player to England in the summer of 2018 after signing from Getafe, having seen him impress in Spain’s second division for Cultural Leonesa. He became an instant hit at Carrow Road and helped the club win the 2018/19 Championship title.

Buendia has previously represented Spain at junior international level, but his Norwich form in 2020/21 earned him a call-up to the senior Argentina squad for the first time last month. He didn’t feature in the recent game against Chile but could debut against Colombia this week.


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