Arsenal now have rivals to fend off in their pursuit of a Championship star who has hit the ground running this season, if reports are to believed.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for Norwich City midfielder Emi Buendia.
The Argentine has notched seven goals and seven assists this campaign with the Canaries top of the second tier.
They still remain favourites to land the 24-year-old but now Valencia have thrown their name into the mix, according to La Razon.
The La Liga outfit are targeting Harry Winks primarily. But if a move for the Tottenham man doesn’t materialise then Buendia has been earmarked as their back-up option, the source says.
It adds that Norwich are holding out for a £40million fee whomever comes in for him.
Buendia recently revealed that he would favour a move back to the Premier League. He was part of the Canaries squad that was relegated from the top-flight during the 2019/20 season.
“It is the best league in the world, it is the one that makes the difference at all levels,” Buendia said.
“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 came on as a second half substitute in Norwich’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Coventry City on Saturday.
Ozil exit to happen ‘in a short time’
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is reportedly in negotiations with the club to speed up a potential exit.
Details have emerged from Turkey that suggest the Turk has agreed to join Fenerbahce. Reports claim he will sign a three-and-a-half year contract on a £350,000 salary.
Now he and his representatives supposedly want to make the move happen sooner rather than later.
With Ozil’s contract running out during the summer, he has been heavily linked with a move away this month.
Since his arrival from Real Madrid in 2013, the German has made 254 appearances for the Gunners. He has scored 44 goals and provided 77 assists during his time at the London outfit.