Arsenal 'willing to offer Reiss Nelson or Joe Willock in player-plus-cash transfer for Norwich star Emiliano Buendia'

ARSENAL are reportedly hoping to persuade Norwich City to sell Emiliano Buendia in a player-plus-cash deal.

The Independent claim Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson are among the players the Gunners are open to offering to secure the Argentine this month.

The report adds that Arsenal have already started early discussions with Buendia's agent but a deal is thought to be still considered some way off.

Norwich are said to be hoping to scoop at least £40million for the 24-year-old but involving a player in the transfer could drive the price down.

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Both Arsenal stars Nelson and Willock are three years Buendia's junior and have shown promise since breaking into the club's first-team.

Yet midfielder Willock has started just two Premier League games for Mikel Arteta this season and is largely used as a substitute.

And Winger Nelson was linked with a loan move away from north London in the summer after falling down the pecking order.

Arteta's side have been keeping tabs on Norwich ace Buendia after struggling for a creative spark in the absence of Mesut Ozil.

The playmaker has surpassed Bruno Fernandes and Kevin De Bruyne this season by creating the most chances in Europe.

The former Getafe star – who has made 62 opportunities for Norwich – bagged his seventh goal with the winner against Barnsley on Saturday.

However, Canaries manager Daniel Farke refused to be drawn into rumours surrounding Buendia's future after the match.

He said: "Emi is a key player for us, an important member of the group, and he is totally committed to us.

"He is our player and will continue to be our player. He is on a long-term contract so we keep him.

"Everyone knows his qualities – I don't expect interest just because he scored a wondergoal today. People know what he can do."

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