Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Emi Buendia for a club-record charge from Norwich.
The 24-year-old midfielder scored 15 objectives and registered 16 assists to assist the Canaries make a direct return to the Premier League final season.
It’s understood Villa have paid round £38million for Buendia, who was closely linked with a transfer to Arsenal.
The charge surpasses the £28million they paid to signal Ollie Watkins from Brentford final summer season.
Villa boss Dean Smith mentioned: “Emiliano has simply accomplished an impressive season in a championship-winning Norwich facet with 31 mixed objectives and assists and was named participant of the season throughout the league.
“He’s equally succesful as a large attacker or as a quantity 10 and is a superb addition to our attacking choices.
“We’re delighted to have made such an thrilling signing so early in the summertime and sit up for Emi becoming a member of up with us for a full pre-season.”
Buendia, lately named Championship Participant of the Season after inspiring Norwich to promotion, has been on Arsenal’s radar since January.
Villa favorite Gabby Agbonlahor couldn’t disguise his delight whereas discussing the switch, because it emerged over the weekend they’d fought off curiosity from Arsenal to signal the proficient playmaker.
“I believe it’s an excellent signing. To have overwhelmed Arsenal to it, makes it that bit higher,” Agbonlahor instructed Faye Carruthers.
“Villa are an enormous membership and he desires to take them to the subsequent degree.
“He’s an excellent participant and he can add much more to that attacking menace that Aston Villa have [already] received.
“They’ve received Trezeguet who’s out for a very long time with a long-term damage, so that they wanted somebody to return straight in and present that kind.
“[Ross] Barkley was disappointing for the second half of the season, so Aston Villa have most likely thought to themselves this can be a nice probability to get him and never lose him to most likely a rival membership in Arsenal.”