Arsenal and Aston Villa have made official bids for Norwich’s £40million-rated winger Emi Buendia.

Both clubs, who are offering packages worth £30m-plus, are now locked in a major fight for the Argentine winger who is now certain to leave Carrow Road.

But Norwich, who do not need to sell financially, are playing hard ball and insist they want £40m for the Championship player of the year.

Buendia could replace Martin Odegaard, who has revealed he has a good relationship with Carlo Ancelotti as he prepares to return to Real Madrid to reunite with his former boss.

The Norwegian was still on the fringes of the senior side during Ancelotti’s time at the club before leaving on loan but he still managed to build a relationship with the Italian.

He told TV 2 Sport: “It is a coach I know and with whom I had a good relationship when he was last there.

“In that sense, it is positive. But beyond that, one day has passed, so I do not know too much about what he thinks about things.”

In more positive news, the Gunners reportedly remain fully confident Emile Smith Rowe will pen a new deal at the Emirates despite reported interest from Aston Villa.

With his current contract to expire in 2023, it has been claimed that the North Londoners are keen to hand him a new five-year deal.

But shock rumours have stated that Villa are looking to lure him to the Midlands.

However, Football.London have played down the chances of Dean Smith’s side securing his services.

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