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Arsenal are reportedly still in the race for securing Emiliano Buendia’s signature this summer.
According to a report by Goal, the Gunners have stepped up their interest in the Norwich City midfielder as an alternative to Martin Odegaard who looks set to return to Real Madrid after his loan spell expires.
CBS Sports also claim that whilst a formal bid has not yet been lodged, that is expected to change in the coming days.
And Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi appears to be quite impressed by Buendia’s performance.
As revealed by the midfielder when playing against Barcelona in his Getafe days six years ago, he clearly did something to catch the eye of Messi who encouraged him to switch allegiances from Argentina to Spain.
“I maybe did something good to impress him,” Buendia told the Guardian. “He asked: ‘What do you want to do? Do you want to play for Spain or Argentina?’ Quickly I said: ‘Of course I want to play for Argentina. I want to play with you – it is a dream’.”