Arsenal are set to miss out on signing Emiliano Buendia in the January transfer window are Norwich City will not entertain any offers from the Gunners, according to reports.
The Argentine impressed in the Premier League last season and has been in excellent form for Norwich following their relegation to the Championship with seven goals and seven assists so far this term.
Mikel Arteta is keen to add more creativity to his midfield this month and Buendia is one of the Arsenal manager’s targets.
But according to The Telegraph, Norwich are ‘adamant’ that Buendia is not for sale.
The report claims that the Canaries believe the 24-year-old is integral to their hopes of securing promotion to the Premier League and the Championship club are under no financial pressure to sell the midfielder.
Earlier this week reports claimed that Arsenal were lookingto make a player-plus-cash offer, with Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson available to Norwich.
The Gunners are also unwilling to meet Norwich’s £40 million valuation of Buendia.
The Argentine has made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League again but insists he is happy to remain at Norwich.
‘I aspire to the best and work every day to get back to it, either in my team or through a transfer. Returning to the Premier in the short term is a dream,’ Buendia told Radio Residencias in Argentina.
‘It is true that there was a lot of talk in the summer, after relegation, about the possibility that both I and other teammates could leave the team to continue in the Premier League.
‘Tomorrow we will see, but I never had my head outside the objectives, to work so that my club does well.
‘As this season unfolds, we are doing well and I am very happy to be here. We are in a good position, I am feeling important, I am scoring goals and making assists for my teammates.’